Health and Wellness

New Shingles Vaccine Offers Stronger, Longer-Lasting Protection

Posted by Melanie Mouzoon, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Mar 28, 2018 1:55:04 PM

Shingles is painful, energy-draining and can strike without warning if you’ve ever had the chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus (the virus that causes chicken pox) takes a little nap in the nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. If it “wakes up,” it reactivates as shingles, a painful rash with blisters.  You may already know that the only way to prevent shingles is with the shingles vaccine. But did you know there’s a new vaccine on the market that, according to research, offers stronger, longer-lasting protection than the previous one?

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Topics: shingles, shingles vaccine, Shingrix

Shingles Lurks, Then Hits Without Warning

Posted by Philip Saikin, M.D. on Jan 14, 2017 8:48:00 AM

If you’ve ever talked to anyone who had shingles, you’ve probably heard it’s not a pleasant disease. In fact, it can be downright miserable. While it’s not life-threatening, shingles can be painful and energy-draining. Worse yet, the condition typically comes on unexpectedly. Here’s what you need to know about shingles to help prepare for, or in some cases, prevent an outbreak. 

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Topics: shingles, shingles vaccine, varicella-zoster virus, rash

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