How effective is the shingles vaccine? Why get it? According to the CDC almost 1 out of every 3 people in the US will develop shingles, also known as herpes zoster, in their lifetime. 1 million cases of shingles each year are reported alone. Even if you have had chickenpox you are still at risk to develop shingles; even children get shingles. At least half the cases occur in men and women over the age of 6o.
In a recent editorial April 28, 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine the overall vaccine efficacy against herpes zoster was 97.2% and the Vaccine efficacy was between 96.6% and 97.9% for all age groups. Concluding the HZ/su vaccine significantly reduced the risk of herpes zoster in adults who were 50 years of age or older.
What Causes Shingles?
The varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox, causes shingles. After a person has chicken pox the virus stays inactive or dormant in their system; for some reason the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles. The same virus that causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease, does not cause shingles.
- Painful rash that develops on one side of your face or body.
- Rash forms blisters that scale over in 7 to 10 days and clears in 2-4 weeks
- Upset Stomach
Who Is At Risk?
- People who have a medical condition that keep their immune system from working properly, such as certain cancers and HIV.
- People who receive immunosuppressive drugs, such as steroids and drugs that are given after an organ transplant.
- And then there are some that get it and know one knows why…..
The moral of this study is if you are over 50 get the vaccine; unless you want to give up a month of your life to feeling miserable.
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