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FDA Approves New Shingles Vaccine That Is More Than 90% Effective

BOSTON (CBS) – There’s a new shingles vaccine in town. Shingrix was approved by the FDA last week, and a CDC advisory panel just voted to recommend it for patients 50 and older. It is given as two injections two to six months apart, and in studies the vaccine was found to be more than 90% effective. Shingrix is not the only shingles vaccine available. Zostavax has been around for more than a decade, but it may not be as effective as this new vaccine, especially in older patients. Vaccine experts are not only recommending the new vaccine for people who have never been vaccinated but say that people who got the old shingles vaccine should get this new one as well. Shingles is a painful, itchy rash that can last for several weeks an in a small percentage of patients can lead to chronic pain. About a third of americans will develop shingles in their lifetime.
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Shingles Source Type: news

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Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Category: Nutrition Authors: Tags: Asia Pac J Clin Nutr Source Type: research
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Source: American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy : AJHP - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Am J Health Syst Pharm Source Type: research
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Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
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Source: Journal of Clinical Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Asian Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Asian J Psychiatr Source Type: research
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Source: Shield My Senior - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Senior Safety Source Type: blogs
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