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The Importance of Getting a Shingles Vaccine

The older we become, the more likely we are to get shingles, a viral disease that causes a painful, blistering rash. Getting a shingles vaccine is associated with a 50 percent reduction in the risk of shingles, but only about four percent of adults over the age of 65 have

3. Managing Other Conditions

Whether we are aware of it or not, our skin is engaged in an around-the-clock fight against forces from within and without. Regardless of the direction from which they come, if these conditions, disorders, and diseases prevail, even on a temporary basis, the results can be painful and unsightly. Box

Shingles: More Common in Women, But Few Have Gotten the Vaccine

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a viral disease that causes a painful, blistering rash. One-third of Americans will get the condition during their lifetime. Of the one million shingles cases reported every year, more than half occur in people over age 60, and it affects more women than men.

“Shingles is roughly

From the Editor: Don’t Succumb to Shingles

I touched on vaccinations for older adults in our August issue, but this month I’m going to focus on a vaccine that should be near the top of your to-do list. It’s for shingles, and our main cover story in this issue looks at how debilitating this condition can be

Avoid the Pain of Shingles by Getting Vaccinated

About one-third of Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Older adults are more at risk, but getting vaccinated against shingles, which the CDC recommends for those 60 and older, can reduce your risk of developing it by half. “The

Shingles Linked to Stroke Risk

A recent study suggests that people may face an increased risk of stroke shortly after infection with herpes zoster (shingles). In the study, published online Dec. 15, 2015, in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers compared the risk of stroke and heart attack among 4,862 shingles patients, age 50 and older, versus

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