Shingles Vaccine added to list vaccines recommendations for those over age 60

  1. [font=verdana,geneva,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]from physician's news digest news briefs :
    [font=verdana,geneva,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]oct. 27, 2006

    [font=verdana,geneva,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]for the first time in almost 30 years, a government panel is adding a vaccine, for shingles, to the list of preventive shots recommended for older adults against debilitating or life-threatening illnesses.
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    the advisory committee on immunization practices voted to recommend merck & co.'s new zostavax vaccine for shingles in people over age 60, reported the wall street journal. the committee of doctors and immunization experts convenes three times a year to shape vaccination policy for the centers for disease control and prevention, and its recommendations help determine both medical practice and insurance coverage policies. until now, the major vaccines recommended for older americans have been to protect against flu and pneumonia, the journal added.
    wall street journal, october 26, 2006 (subscription required)
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  3. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]there's a vaccine for shingles? i want it! i've had seven episodes of shingles (always on the left side of my face) in less than three years.
  4. by   morte
    since shingles is a reactivation of chicken pox virus, can someone explain to me HOW you can have a vaccine for it???????????
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    vaccine information from merck. zostavax [zoster vaccine, live, (oka/merck)] is available from merck. learn more about this vaccine.
    www.zostavax.com/



    the use of zostavax in individuals with a previous history of zoster has not been studied.
  6. by   CyndieRN2007
    It says this in the website info

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    ZOSTAVAX is a vaccine that is used for adults 60 years of age or older to prevent shingles (also known
    as zoster).
    ZOSTAVAX works by helping your immune system protect you from getting shingles and the associated
    pain and other serious complications. If you do get shingles even though you have been vaccinated,
    ZOSTAVAX may help prevent the nerve pain that can follow shingles in some people.
  7. by   CyndieRN2007
    It says this in the website info



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    ZOSTAVAX is a vaccine that is used for adults 60 years of age or older to prevent shingles (also known as zoster).
    ZOSTAVAX works by helping your immune system protect you from getting shingles and the associated
    pain and other serious complications. If you do get shingles even though you have been vaccinated,
    ZOSTAVAX may help prevent the nerve pain that can follow shingles in some people.

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