What to do if you have missed the second shot of the Shingrix vaccine?

What to do if you have missed the second shot of the Shingrix vaccine?

If you have missed the second shot of the Shingrix vaccine, get it as soon as you can. The second Shingrix Shot is supposed to be taken 2-6 months after the first one (1,2). 

Although it is best to follow your vaccination schedule vigilantly for maximum protection, if you have somehow missed it, it’s okay! You don’t have to start the whole thing again. You can just simply go for the second shot. 

However, make sure you get the same one as the first and second shots of the Shingrix vaccine exactly the same, and there’s not even a minor difference whatsoever. So get your Shingrix shot as soon as you can if more than 6 months have passed since your first shot. 

Important guidelines for the Shingrix vaccine

Some important guidelines for the Shingrix vaccine include (1,2):

  • Shingrix is recommended for adults aged 50 years and older, regardless of whether they have had chickenpox or shingles before.
  • The vaccine is administered as a two-dose series, with the second dose given 2 to 6 months after the first dose. It’s essential to complete the full series to get maximum protection.
  • It’s crucial to prioritize getting the second dose within the recommended timeframe for optimal effectiveness.
  • Even if you’ve had shingles in the past, it’s still essential to get vaccinated to reduce the risk of future shingles outbreaks. However, make sure you wait for the shingles symptoms to subside before vaccination.
  • Shingrix can be given simultaneously with other vaccines, but if you receive different vaccines on the same day, like the influenza vaccine. However, they should be administered at different injection sites.
  • Before getting the vaccine, inform your healthcare provider about any allergies or medical conditions you may have.
  • After vaccination, some people may experience side effects like soreness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, or muscle pain. These usually subside within a few days.
  • Although rare, if you experience severe allergic reactions or signs of anaphylaxis (difficulty breathing, swelling, etc.), seek immediate medical attention.
  • Shingrix is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • If you miss the recommended interval for the second dose, try to get it as soon as possible without restarting the series.

Final words

To sum up, it’s important to get the second dose of your Shingix vaccine right on time for maximum protection. If you have missed the second shot, make sure to get it as soon as you can. If you are confused about getting a second shot, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. What Everyone Should Know about the Shingles Vaccine – Shingrix [Internet]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/vaccination.html


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. Shingrix Recommendations [Internet]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/hcp/shingrix/recommendations.html