Magazine article Work & Family Life

Do I Need the Vaccine If I've Had Shingles?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Do I Need the Vaccine If I've Had Shingles?

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The conventional wisdom has been that shingles is something that happens once in a lifetime. in other words, getting it means you're "inoculated" from getting it again. But recent research has upended that assumption.

A review of medical records in Minnesota found that the risk of a shingles recurrence is about the same as the risk of a first episode. about 6 percent of adults had a second bout of shingles within eight years of the first.

The CdC now recommends adults 60 and older be routinely vaccinated-whether or not they have already had shingles. the vaccine is approved starting at age 50.

Anyone who has had chicken pox can develop shingles (the virus lies dormant in the body). But the mechanism for reactivation is not well understood. …

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