CDC Considering Routine Shingles Vaccinations - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/25/06

CDC Considering Routine Shingles Vaccinations

Wednesday, a government advisory panel voted to recommend routine vaccination against Shingles for people over 60.

Shingles is caused by the same virus that leads to chicken pox, but for some patients, Shingles is much worse. Because instead of just itching, Shingles can cause terrible nerve pain that continues for a very long time and patients run the risk of losing their vision and hearing.

But the good news is a Shingles vaccine was approved in May and studies found people who got the vaccine were nearly 50% less likely to develop Shingles.

Experts at the CDC will now consider the panel's recommendation and determine how often patients should get it. For more information about the shingles vaccine, click here.  

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