People usually recover from shingles in a few weeks, but up to one fifth (20%) of people with shingles develop lasting pain in the affected area. This pain is known as “postherpetic neuralgia.” It can be severe and chronic. Shingles and postherpetic neuralgia become more common with older age. A large clinical trial, the Shingles Prevention Study, showed that the herpes zoster virus vaccine reduces the occurrence of shingles in people aged 60 years or older. Some people may not get the vaccine, however, because they fear adverse side effects.