PHE issues reminder for shingles vaccination
Public Health England has issued a reminder that patients aged 79 years who have not previously received the shingles vaccine to ensure they have it before their next birthday. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - June 29, 2016 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Older people reminded to get shingles vaccine
Public Health England (PHE) is reminding those aged 79 years who have previously been offered shingles vaccine but haven’t received it, to ensure they have it before their 80 birthday. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 29, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Well: Ask Well: Do I Need the Shingles Vaccine if I’ve Had Shingles?
A reader asks: Does the shingles vaccine prevent a recurrence if you already had shingles years ago? (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 15, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Live Chicken Pox Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Well: Ask Well: Do I Need the Shingles Vaccine if I’ve Had Shingles?
A reader asks: Does the shingles vaccine prevent a recurrence if you already had shingles years ago? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Live Chicken Pox Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Well: Ask Well: Do I Need the Shingles Vaccine if I’ve Had Shingles?
A reader asks: Does the shingles vaccine prevent a recurrence if you already had shingles years ago? (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 15, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Live Chicken Pox Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Vaccines for preventing herpes zoster in older adults - new Cochrane Review
The review concludes that Herpes zoster vaccine is effective in preventing herpes zoster disease, and this protection can last three years. In general, zoster vaccine is well tolerated; it produces few systemic adverse events and injection site adverse events of mild to moderate intensity.There are studies of a new vaccine (with a VZV glycoproteic fraction plus adjuvant), which is currently not yet available for clinical use. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Featured Review: Vaccines for preventing herpes zoster in older adults
Vaccine helps prevent shingles in older adults for up to three years The varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox and can remain dormant inside nerve cells. After many years, it can reactivate and travel through the nerve to the skin, causing itching, numbness, tingling or local pain, and then blisters along the nerve path. These blisters are often accompanied with inflammation of the nerves and severe pain, which can affect quality of life. This is called herpes zoster or shingles. It affects people with low immunity such as older people. There are about 5.22 episodes of shingles for every 1000 older people. This is ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 21, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

CQC: callous, quarrelsome, crude
  It was a bittersweet victory for Dominique Thompson the day the CQC (Care Quality Commission) admitted it was wrong. Her GP practice did not ‘require improvement’, as inspectors had originally reported. It was in fact ‘good with some outstanding elements’. The regulator was sorry for any anxiety caused. After months of sleepless nights, endless paperwork and growing outrage, the letter Dr Thompson received last September brought some relief. But the anxiety caused had certainly been considerable. Back in March last year, she was a confident GP at the helm of the award-winning Bristol Univers...
Source: BMA News - March 17, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Shingles: questions and answers for healthcare professionals
A universal routine herpes zoster (shingles) vaccination programme for adults aged over 70 years started in September 2013. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 25, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Don’t shrug off shingles
If you had chickenpox as a kid, there is a good chance you may develop shingles later in life. “In fact, one in three is predicted to get shingles during their lifetime,” says Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander, director of the Nerve Unit at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. The same varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. After the telltale spots of chickenpox vanish, the virus lies dormant in your nerve cells near the spinal cord and brain. When your immunity weakens from normal aging or from illnesses or medications, the virus can re-emerge. It then travels along a nerve t...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew Solan Tags: Healthy Aging Infectious diseases Vaccines Source Type: news

MSD brings shingles vaccine to boost India offering
In extreme cases, shingles can also result in pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, encephalitis (brain inflammation) and death. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 13, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Older people urged to get shingles jab
Public Health England (PHE) is reminding eligible older people to get the shingles vaccine to help prevent the painful infection. New figures have shown a drop in vaccine coverage. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 2, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccines Linked to Rare Eye Inflammation
Title: Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccines Linked to Rare Eye InflammationCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/25/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/26/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - January 26, 2016 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Chickenpox, shingles vaccine may cause corneal inflammation in some patients
In use for more than 20 years, the varicella zoster virus vaccine for chickenpox and shingles is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, researchers have found, in rare instances, a link between the vaccine and corneal inflammation. It is a finding the researchers say should be discussed by primary care physicians and patients with a history of eye inflammation before getting vaccinated. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Chickenpox, shingles vaccine may cause corneal inflammation in some patients
(University of Missouri-Columbia) In use for more than 20 years, the varicella zoster virus vaccine for chickenpox and shingles is considered an essential medicine by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found, in rare instances, a link between the vaccine and corneal inflammation. It is a finding the researchers say should be discussed by primary care physicians and patients with a history of eye inflammation before getting vaccinated. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 20, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Shingles Risk 70% Higher for Adults With AsthmaShingles Risk 70% Higher for Adults With Asthma
Researchers suggest considering zoster vaccine for those aged 50 years and older with asthma. Their findings build on their previous work showing a link between childhood asthma and shingles. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - January 6, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Allergy & Clinical Immunology News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Asthma linked to increased risk of shingles
A new study finds that asthma is a risk factor for herpes zoster or shingles in adults and suggests considering the over-50s with asthma as a target group for zoster vaccination. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Respiratory / Asthma Source Type: news

Second dose of herpes zoster vaccine beneficial to seniors
The herpes zoster vaccine should be administered earlier rather than later in order to achieve optimal immune response, but an additional booster shot for individuals 70 years or older is also advisable. This is according to a recent study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, which... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - December 19, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine safe for end-stage renal disease patients
Stephen FellerWASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Researchers found the shingles vaccine is safe for kidney disease patients, but may not help prevent heart attack or stroke in people who develop the infection. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine helps protect older patients with end-stage renal disease
(Kaiser Permanente) Elderly patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who received the shingles vaccine were half as likely to develop shingles compared to those who were not vaccinated. The new study from Kaiser Permanente, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, also found the best protection against shingles was achieved when patients received the vaccination shortly after beginning dialysis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Do statins interfere with the flu vaccine?
Statins are powerful, unusual, and, like El Niño and Tom Cruise, not well understood. Statins have a huge upside. They improve survival after heart attacks and lower the risk of recurrent strokes. They are also the only cholesterol-lowering medications that have been clearly shown to reduce heart attacks and deaths in high-risk patients without heart disease. In addition to reducing cholesterol, statins also lower levels of inflammation in the body. Reducing inflammation probably helps statins to prevent heart attack and stroke. However, evidence is emerging that these statin effects may also have a downside, hinder...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - November 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ross, MD, FIDSA Tags: Cold and Flu Drugs and Supplements Health Heart Health Vaccines flu vaccine statins Source Type: news

Ask Well: A Booster Vaccine for Shingles?
A reader asks, how long does the shingles vaccine last? (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 12, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Ask Well: A Booster Vaccine for Shingles?
A reader asks, how long does the shingles vaccine last? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Ask Well: A Booster Vaccine for Shingles?
A reader asks, how long does the shingles vaccine last? (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 12, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Featured Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine protection lasted 5-6 years in autoimmune disease patients
Protection against shingles appeared to wane between the fifth and sixth years after patients with autoimmune diseases received the live herpes zoster vaccine, according to a large retrospective cohort study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. In contrast,... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - November 8, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

GSK heart drug flops in study, shingles vaccine on track
LONDON (Reuters) - An experimental heart drug from GlaxoSmithKline failed to work as hoped in the first part of a large clinical trial, the company said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to its pipeline of new medicines. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Shingles: questions and answers for healthcare professionals
Public Health England has updated the shingles vaccine Q&A for healthcare professionals. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 12, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ask Well: Getting Shingles Despite the Shingles Vaccine
A reader asks: I got the shingles shot and still got shingles. How come? (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 8, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Body Live Featured Vaccination and Immunization Aging Source Type: news

Well: Getting Shingles Despite the Shingles Vaccine
A reader asks: I got the shingles shot and still got shingles. How come? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Body Live Featured Vaccination and Immunization Aging Source Type: news

Well: Getting Shingles Despite the Shingles Vaccine
A reader asks: I got the shingles shot and still got shingles. How come? (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 8, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Ask Well Shingles (Disease) Body Live Featured Vaccination and Immunization Aging Source Type: news

Monday's Housecall
THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES Stretching: Focus on flexibility Stretching can help you be more flexible and have more movement in your joints. Try these techniques to avoid getting hurt. Shingles Being older than age 50 makes you more likely to develop shingles. This viral infection causes a painful rash, but a vaccine helps lower your [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 21, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Routine Shingles Vaccination in 50-Year-Olds Does Not Pay Routine Shingles Vaccination in 50-Year-Olds Does Not Pay
A new study supported the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendation that routine immunization against herpes zoster in immunocompetent adults should begin at age 60 years. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine May Not Be Cost Effective For 50-Year-Olds (FREE)
By Jenni Whalen Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH The herpes zoster vaccine does not appear to be cost-effective for adults in their 50s, according to a study from the Annals of Internal Medicine.Researchers collected … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 8, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine not cost effective before age 60
(Reuters Health) - The shingles vaccine might not be cost-effective for people in their fifties, a new analysis suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Who is eligible for the 2015 to 2016 shingles vaccine?
Public Health England has produced a poster showing the ages of those who are eligible for the shingles vaccination from 1 September 2015. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 21, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults
Re-exposure to chickenpox virus boosts immunity to shingles for a tenth of the time previously thought. So although vaccination increases shingles cases in 31-40 year olds, in the longer term the benefits outweigh the risks, scientists conclude. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 11, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Chickenpox vaccination does increase shingles cases, but mainly in young adults
(eLife ) Re-exposure to chickenpox virus boosts immunity to shingles for a tenth of the time previously thought. So although vaccination increases shingles cases in 31-40 year olds, in the longer term the benefits outweigh the risks. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 11, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Eligible groups for shingles vaccine announced
Public Health England (PHE) has announced the groups eligible to receive the shingles vaccine from the start of September for the 201516 vaccination programme. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 6, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Shingles vaccination programme extended to more older patients
Nurses and doctors have been told who should be immunised against shingles in the third year of a national vaccination programme designed to reduce cases of the condition. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - August 5, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Just the Latest Attack on Planned Parenthood and the Women It Serves
This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which have provided millions of Americans with accessible, affordable health care. These are lifelines that from their start were attacked by Republicans and their extremist allies around the country. But we held strong and 50 years later, generations of Americans have benefited from Medicare and Medicaid. Now we are witnessing another ideological attack that would put women's health and women's lives at risk - this time by targeting women's reproductive health care, an issue that was resolved back in 1973. Today, the Republican majority is forcing anot...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GlaxoSmithKline CEO: business stabilising despite China slowdown
Pharmaceutical company reported better than expected second-quarter results of £5.9bn, although Chinese sales fell 14% The GlaxoSmithKline CEO, Sir Andrew Witty, said the Chinese drug market has slowed down dramatically over the past year but insisted that the drugmaker’s own business there is stabilising, as it unveiled second-quarter results that beat City expectations thanks to strong sales of new HIV drugs.Witty also flagged up 40 new drugs and vaccines that are in mid- to late-stage development, half of which are expected to be on the market or filed for regulatory approval by 2020. He highlighted a new sh...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 29, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Julia Kollewe Tags: GlaxoSmithKline Business Pharmaceuticals industry Drugs Science UK news China Vaccines and immunisation Health Society World news Asia Pacific Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Vaccine recommended for older adults even if they’ve had shingles
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a healthy 78-year-old man and have never had shingles or the shingles vaccine. I did have chickenpox when I was a child. Is the shingles vaccine something you would recommend for someone like me? What are the side effects of the vaccine? ANSWER: Once you have had chickenpox, the virus [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 25, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Summer 2015 Update: ACIP Adult Vaccine Recommendations Summer 2015 Update: ACIP Adult Vaccine Recommendations
Highlights of the June 2015 ACIP meeting and recommendations for meningococcal B, flu, and pneumococcal vaccines. Also: Informational updates for Tdap and herpes zoster vaccine. Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Column Source Type: news

Benefits of New Shingles Vaccine May Extend to More Patients Benefits of New Shingles Vaccine May Extend to More Patients
Phase 3 study results indicate that the HZ/su vaccine potentially offers more robust protection to the elderly and the immunocompromised than the existing vaccine. Medscape Optometry (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 11, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Viewpoint Source Type: news

A New Vaccine to Protect Against ShinglesA New Vaccine to Protect Against Shingles
Paul A. Offit, MD, describes new research on a vaccine for shingles that could be a great step forward. Medscape Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - July 1, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccination Helps Some Who Later Develop the Virus Shingles Vaccination Helps Some Who Later Develop the Virus
Adults who developed herpes zoster despite having received the herpes zoster vaccine had a reduced risk for painful complications compared with their unvaccinated counterparts. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Appears to Cut Odds of Long-Term Pain
Title: Shingles Vaccine Appears to Cut Odds of Long-Term PainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/4/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/5/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - June 5, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Appears to Cut Odds of Long-Term Pain
Findings support immunization of older adults (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news