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Shingles Vaccine Said to be Safe in Recent Study

Nearly everyone of a certain age has had chicken pox, a condition that most people endure for a brief period when they are children. However, adults over 40 who have had chicken pox are at a greater risk for developing shingles, also known as “herpes zoster,” an inflammation of the nerves that can cause a severe skin rash, with blisters, and intense pain. It is usually on one side of the body and can last up to 30 days. The good news is, there is a new vaccine for shingles that is a safe and effective way to prevent patients from developing the condition. A recent study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine has shown the vaccine to be well-tolerated with very low rates of side effects, not to mention a 55 percent reduction in the odds of having a shingles outbreak for people over 60.The vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for patients over 50. Our providers can answer your questions about the shingles vaccine and assist you with any concerns you may have. If you would like more information on shingles and other inflammatory skin conditions, please contact Silverberg Surgical & Medical Group.

Posted on June 7, 2012 in Latest News | by

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