What should I know about the shingles vaccine before receiving it?

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The shingles vaccine cuts the risk of getting shingles in about half. Since no vaccine is 100 percent effective, there is still a chance that you develop shingles even though you've been vaccinated. But if you do, you will most likely get a less severe case of shingles. The shingles vaccine seems to be safe for most people. However, you should not get it if you recently received another live vaccine. Also, do not receive the vaccine if you have leukemia, lymphoma, another bone marrow cancer, tuberculosis or any immune system disorder. The vaccine should not be given to pregnant women or to children.

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