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What Are Shingles?


Posted by thematrix777 Patient ExpertHealth Maven

I heard there is a new vaccine coming for shingles. Is it out yet?

Will it prevent shingles 100%?

 

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It was approved on August 11, 2009 and yes it is out. You'd have to check with your local clinic to see if they have received it yet though. 

This vaccine is given to people aged 60 or over.

It is approximately 65% effective in preventing shingles; effectiveness decreases with age. When shingles occurs despite vaccination, the risk of neuralgia is still 40% lower.

For all the info on shingles check out my blog post: http://viamedica.blogspot.com/2009/09/shingles-what-is-it-how-is-it-treated.html

Hope this was helpful to you,

Athena@ViaMedica Medical Center

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