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LL is a 66-year-old woman who is looking for papain tablets. She said that she read that the tablets can help with herpes zoster. Some of LL’s friends had shingles, and a few of them tried the tablets and found them beneficial. She has never had shingles but wants to take the tablets preventively. LL’s immunization card shows that she has the influenza vaccine yearly and that she had the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 13 at age 65, the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine 23 at age 66, and the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine at age 63. All her childhood vaccinations are up-to-date. LL’s medical history includes hypertension, but she manages it through diet. Upon questioning, she says that she has not received the herpes zoster vaccine. LL was confused about which to get, so she avoided both. What recommendations do you have?