Shingles Vaccine Age Range

by Lois Etienne on January 30, 2012

in Senior Health and Safety

The FDA has approved Zostavax, a vaccine for shingles, for use for anyone over 50 now. The guidelines before were only for those over the age of 60 but they discovered that the risk seems to increase around 50. Nearly 1 million cases of shingles are diagnosed each year in the US. The incidence as also increased sixfold over the last 50 years and no one is sure why.

The vaccine does not fully prevent shingles but it’s the only thing we have and it appears to reduce shingles incidence by 55%. It’s also interesting that folks who have already had a case of shingles can get the vaccine to prevent a second episode. It was a common belief that you could only get shingles once.

Having seen the pain associated with shingles with our clients and knowing that the effects can be debilitating for years. I plan on getting one myself and recommend it to anyone over 50 years old.

But immunized or not, the one critical factor for a speedier recovery and maybe a lighter case of shingles is early diagnosis. The medication they give once you get shingles helps most when given early. So, the rule is, if you have unexplained pain, itching or burning on one side of your head or upper body, get in to see a doctor right away. You can also have fever or headaches but not always.

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