2. How Immune Will You Be?
When many people get a vaccine, they expect to be completely immune from the ailment, but this may not be the case with shingles. For those close to 60 years old, the shot could be 70% effective, but it drops off in effectiveness for older patients. However, the older the person is, the more likely they are to develop shingles.
It is estimated that over half of 80-year-olds develop shingles, so the vaccination, which is covered under many medical plans for the elderly, is definitely worth getting even though it may not provide an absolute guarantee.