Dis­cov­ered: A bet­ter way to ward off shin­gles

First For Women - - Health -

Health-care ex­perts tell peo­ple ages 50 and up to get vac­ci­nated against shin­gles, a virus marked by blis­ter­ing and nerve pain. But the vac­cine doc­tors were pre­scrib­ing is only 51 per­cent ef­fec­tive, which may ex­plain why only 30 per­cent of us are vac­ci­nated. The good news: A new vac­cine, Shin­grix, is up to 95 per­cent ef­fec­tive. The CDC is now ad­vis­ing that all adults 50 and over get the two-dose shot—even if you were al­ready vac­ci­nated.

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