Investigational Herpes Zoster Subunit Vaccine Has High Efficacy Even in Older Adults (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Two doses of a herpes zoster subunit vaccine show high efficacy in older adults, according to a phase III, industry-funded study in the New … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - April 28, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax)
Title: Shingles Vaccine (Zoster Shingles Vaccine Live, Zostavax)Category: MedicationsCreated: 11/9/2010 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/17/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - February 17, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Vaccine Uptake Among Adults Better, but Still LowVaccine Uptake Among Adults Better, but Still Low
In 2013, adult uptake for herpes zoster, Tdap, and HPV vaccines increased slightly, but others did not, according to a CDC report. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Need a Shingles Shot?
I had a case of shingles a few years back. One doctor said I should get the shingles vaccination while another said it isn't necessary. What is your opinion? (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - January 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Q&A: Age and the Shingles Vaccine
Why do many health insurers pay for the vaccine only for those are who 60 and older? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By C. CLAIBORNE RAY Tags: National Institute on Aging Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Shingles (Disease) Elderly varicella zoster Chicken Pox Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

PHE bulletin: 22 December 2014
This issue includes news that PHE scientists are to receive funding for Ebola treatment research funding, a shingles vaccine uptake and the latest flu figures. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 23, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

GSK's Phase III trial of shingles vaccine candidate meets primary endpoint
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has reported that its Phase III trial designed to evaluate the efficacy of HZ/su, an investigational vaccine for the prevention of shingles, met its primary endpoint. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - December 22, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

New GSK shingles vaccine may challenge Merck after strong test data
LONDON (Reuters) - An experimental shingles vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline has produced impressive results in a late-stage study, giving the group's expanding vaccine unit a potential $1 billion boost. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

High uptake of the shingles vaccine in the first year of the programme
Almost 62% of 70 year olds and 60% of 79 year olds received the vaccine, with most of these carried out during the seasonal influenza vaccination campaign. More ..... (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 8, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Shingles vaccine: Should I get it?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - December 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Practice nurses drive success of new vaccine programme  
Latest figures show there has been a high uptake of the new shingles vaccine during the first year since it was launched, with public health officials highlighting the contribution of practice nurses.  (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - December 4, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Herpes Vaccine Safe in Patients With Arthritis on BiologicsHerpes Vaccine Safe in Patients With Arthritis on Biologics
Patients with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases are more prone to getting herpes zoster than the general population, but these patients can be safely vaccinated, a new study has suggested. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Could depression be the result of a brain infection?
ConclusionThe paper's hypothesis is interesting, but it remains just that – a hypothesis. While it is true that some pathogens, such as the Borna disease virus mentioned in the article, have been linked with neuropsychiatric disorders, there is no proof as yet that bacteria, viruses or parasites could cause major depression. Still, as the old truism goes: "Absence of evidence is not the same as evidence of absence". The lack of evidence could be because nobody has bothered to look for it before.The author concludes that, "It would be worthwhile to conduct large-scale studies of carefully char...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

Vaccinate your toddlers against flu, parents urged
Chief Medical Officer sounds alarm after latest figures show uptake of jab is lower than last year in this age groupRelated items from OnMedicaFlu decision delayed for healthy childrenFlu programmes should target young over old, say expertsResults from children’s flu jab pilots ‘encouraging’70+ age group to be vaccinated against shingles from this autumnFlu jabs to be offered to all children (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 28, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Looking for the flu shot? We have you covered
The season is upon us again. No, not fall or football or holiday—I’m talking about flu season, and all the sneezing, aches and pains that come along with it. Clearly, getting the flu shot is a good idea, especially for families with young children. “Influenza is a serious illness—up to 50,000 people die from the flu every year in the United States,” says Thomas Sandora, MD, MPH, an infection control expert and epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Getting a flu vaccine is still the best way we have to prevent infection with influenza. Everyone 6 months and older shoul...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 20, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tom Ulrich Tags: All posts Source Type: news

Flu campaign extended to four-year-olds
Drive to boost staff uptake of vaccine from 55%Related items from OnMedicaInfluenzaFlu jabs to be offered to all childrenGPs in catch-up campaign to target a million children with MMR70+ age group to be vaccinated against shingles from this autumnResults from children’s flu jab pilots ‘encouraging’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 6, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Shingles vaccination: training aid for healthcare professionals
It is available as a slideshow. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 24, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Introduction of shingles vaccine for people aged 70 and 79 years
Since April 2013, immunisation has been offered to people at 70 with a catch-up jab at 79. More ..... (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 24, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Update on Recommendations for Use of Herpes Zoster VaccineUpdate on Recommendations for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccine
This report summarizes the latest recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices regarding the administration of the herpes zoster vaccine. Who should get it, and when? Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

RheumShorts: Kineret, Shingles Vax, Home Rehab (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Recently published studies in rheumatology covered use of anakinra (Kineret) in pregnancy, varicella-zoster vaccines in lupus patients, and home exercise after knee replacement. (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - September 18, 2014 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Update on Recommendations for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccine
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - August 22, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

OncoBriefs: Shingles and Chemo, Survivor Health, Lung Ca (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Older cancer patients had a significantly lower risk of shingles after chemotherapy if they had received vaccine for the disease, investigators reported -- one of several news items included in this edition of OncoBriefs. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 13, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Still Effective After Chemotherapy
Title: Shingles Vaccine Still Effective After ChemotherapyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/8/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 8/11/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - August 11, 2014 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Still Effective After Chemotherapy
Study finds cancer treatment didn't seem to lessen immunization's effects Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cancer Chemotherapy, Shingles (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Use of Some Preventive Care Services Low Despite ACA Use of Some Preventive Care Services Low Despite ACA
Patients were more likely to receive services if they had insurance, but use overall was less than 50% for HIV tests and for vaccines for influenza and shingles. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Still Effective After Chemotherapy
Study finds cancer treatment didn't seem to lessen immunization's effects (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - August 8, 2014 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Infections, Oncology, Geriatrics, News, Source Type: news

Kaiser Permanente study finds shingles vaccine remains effective after chemotherapy
(Kaiser Permanente) The herpes zoster vaccine continues to be effective in protecting older adults against shingles, even after they undergo chemotherapy, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 5, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

What Causes Neck Stiffness?
Discussion The complaint of neck stiffness always makes the clinician a little concerned until he/she understands the whole history because of the potential diagnosis of meningitis/encephalitis. While this potential is always concerning, there are many other causes of neck stiffness or pain to consider that are much more common. Normal wear and tear, injury or overuse that occur in daily activities and work can cause neck stiffness or pain. Often, even in adults, the cause of the pain is not recognized. Good examples are the adolescent above, or an innocent stumble, particularly if carrying something that may cause a perso...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 30, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Guidance and audit requirements for 2014/15
This guidance includes the detail for the shingles routine and catch-up vaccination programmes and the childhood seasonal influenza and seasonal and influenza and pneumococcal vaccination programmes. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 26, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Technical requirements for 2014/15 GMS contract changes
This version includes detail on the shingles vaccination programmes and further detail on the avoiding unplanned admissions enhanced service. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 17, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Uptake of the new shingles vaccine
The programme offers routine vaccination for those aged 70 years, and a catch up campaign, which for the first year of the programme was targeted at 79 year olds. In the first 8 months since the introduction of this programme, 54.8% of 70 year olds and 53.1% of 79 year olds have been vaccinated. This is an increase of 8.2% for the 70 year olds and 7.6% for the 79 year olds when compared to the previously published preliminary data up to the end of January 2014. More .... (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 2, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

The New Old Age: When Shingles Is Just the Beginning
A new study links shingles to a higher risk of stroke. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 16, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: Elder Care Shingles (Disease) Herpes Viruses Medical Issues Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

The New Old Age: When Shingles Is Just the Beginning
A new study links shingles to a higher risk of stroke. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: Elder Care Shingles (Disease) Herpes Viruses Medical Issues Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Patients most in need of the vaccine against shingles don't get it 
People at the highest risk of shingles are those with immunosuppressive conditions -- such as HIV -- but they are not entitled to vaccination due to safety concerns, suggests research. Researchers say alternative strategies are needed to reduce the risk of shingles among these patient groups. Shingles is a common disease among older individuals which causes an acute painful rash and can lead to a complication resulting in pain lasting from months to years that can significantly impair a person's quality of life. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 13, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

GP Recommendation Increases Acceptance of Shingles VaccineGP Recommendation Increases Acceptance of Shingles Vaccine
Older patients are far more likely to say they intend to get vaccinated against herpes zoster if a general practitioner recommends vaccination. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape PublicHealth Headlines)
Source: Medscape PublicHealth Headlines - April 15, 2014 Category: Primary Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Herpes Zoster Rates Are Increasing, but Why?Herpes Zoster Rates Are Increasing, but Why?
The idea that varicella vaccination beginning in 1996 is the cause of an increase in shingles cases is not supported by the evidence. CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - April 14, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases Commentary Source Type: news

NIH News in Health
Stamp Out Smoking Tobacco-Free Living Researchers have found effective ways to help people quit smoking—or prevent them from starting in the first place. The tricky part is putting these tools to use. The Sting of Shingles Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you may be at risk for a painful disease called […] (Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog)
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - April 12, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: mjharvey Tags: Consumer Health News from NLM/NIH Source Type: news

Risk of stroke increases immediately after shingles
Treating shingles with antivirals protects against increased stroke risk, study findsRelated items from OnMedicaNICE issues first guidelines on stroke rehabilitationEarlier thrombolysis improves stroke outcomesStroke burden set to double by 2030Shingles vaccine cuts risk in people on anti-TNFsShingles campaign starts (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 3, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

April Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available
The April issue of NIH News in Health is now available. Featured stories include "Stamp Out Smoking: Tobacco-Free Living" and "The Sting of Shingles: Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks". Also, check out the health capsules and the featured Web site. (Source: What's New on MedlinePlus)
Source: What's New on MedlinePlus - April 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

April 2014
Stamp Out Smoking: Tobacco-Free Living...The Sting of Shingles: Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks...Nurse Staffing Affects Patient Safety...Updated Report on Heroin...Featured Web Site: Understanding Health News (Source: NIH News in Health)
Source: NIH News in Health - April 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine OK in Mild Lupus
NEW YORK (MedPage Today) -- Vaccination against shingles may be safe for patients with mild, stable systemic lupus erythematosus, a researcher said here. (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - March 24, 2014 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

Dr Le Fanu's online health clinic, Friday 21st March 2014
Concerned about aches and pains? Worried about a medical condition? You can email your questions confidentially to Dr Le Fanu at drjames@telegraph.co.uk. Answers will be published in the health section of the Telegraph website every Friday. Today: the statin debate continues, discontinued migraine drugs, side-effects of shingles vaccine and cough syncope     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dr Le Fanu's online health clinic, Friday 21st March 2014
Concerned about aches and pains? Worried about a medical condition? You can email your questions confidentially to Dr Le Fanu at drjames@telegraph.co.uk. Answers will be published in the health section of the Telegraph website every Friday. Today: the statin debate continues, discontinued migraine drugs, side-effects of shingles vaccine and cough syncope     (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - March 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shingles Vaccine Likely to Be Cost-EffectiveShingles Vaccine Likely to Be Cost-Effective
Vaccinating older adults against herpes zoster (HZ) and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is probably cost-effective, according to a critical review of the literature. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Boomers Should Consider Shingles Vaccine, Physician Says
Title: Boomers Should Consider Shingles Vaccine, Physician SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/5/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 3/6/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - March 6, 2014 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Boomers Should Consider Shingles Vaccine, Physician Says
Painful condition, caused by same virus responsible for chicken pox, can last several weeks Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Immunization, Seniors' Health, Shingles (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many U.S. Adults Not Getting Key Vaccines: CDC
Little progress seen beyond shingles, HPV and Tdap vaccinations, researchers report Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Immunization (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Merck Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2013 Financial Results
Dateline City: WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. Fourth-Quarter 2013 Non-GAAP EPS Increased by 6 Percent Over Prior Year to $0.88, Excluding Certain Items; GAAP EPS Decreased by 13 Percent to $0.26. Full-Year 2013 Non-GAAP EPS of $3.49, Excluding Certain Items; GAAP EPS of $1.47. Fourth-Quarter 2013 Worldwide Sales Were $11.3 Billion, a Decrease of 4 Percent Reflecting Unfavorable Impact of Patent Expiries and a 3 Percent Negative Impact from Foreign Exchange. Full-Year 2013 Worldwide Sales Were $44.0 Billion, a Decrease of 7 Percent ...
Source: Merck.com - Corporate News - February 5, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Corporate News Financial News Latest News Source Type: news

Herpes Zoster Linked Again to Increased Stroke, MIHerpes Zoster Linked Again to Increased Stroke, MI
The vaccine that reduces herpes zoster might also cut risks for vascular events, including stroke, transient ischemic attack, and myocardial infarction, researchers speculate. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - January 2, 2014 Category: Cardiology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Vaccine lies: Whooping cough outbreaks being triggered by vaccinated children
It is a common myth perpetuated by both the entrenched system of monopolistic medicine and the mainstream media that unvaccinated children are the social scourge responsible for triggering outbreaks of rare diseases like pertussis (whooping cough), measles and shingles... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 26, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news