CDC: Older Americans Need Shingles Vaccines

Drug cuts risk of getting disease in half
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 3:10 AM CDT
A vaccination prevents about two-thirds of shingles cases, the vice president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases says.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The CDC is recommending that all adults age 60 and older get vaccinated against shingles, a common condition that can result in chronic plan, the Washington Post reports. Research has found that the recommended Merck vaccine reduces the occurrence of shingles by some 50% in this age group. Only those with immunodeficiency diseases should not be vaccinated, according to the CDC.