I had the shot, at the right age, when my doctor recommended it. And I still got shingles!
If you are of a certain age, you are probably aware that, if you had chicken pox as a child, you are susceptible to getting shingles after the age of 50. When I turned 60 (I think) I was vaccinated against shingles.
During the last week I started itching on one place on my lower right back. It got worse and worse, no matter what I put on it. If we weren't leaving next week for England I probably would have waited a week or more, hoping it would go away. Because of that trip, we made a visit to the local urgent care this morning.
I reported I had a rash or a bite on my back. Once glance by the PA and she said, that is shingles. Not what I wanted to hear. But it surely isn't the end of the world. She gave me a prescription for 10 days of medication. And she told me that should help control it. I hope the attack is milder because of my earlier medication.
At least I am not going to some third-world country. If it doesn't clear up, I can get more treatment in England.