(Taken from an article in Aging Well Magazine)
Did you know nearly 1 million cases of shingles are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
“The incidence of shingles has increased sixfold over the last 50 years. And truthfully, we’re not sure why…Shingles rates for those aged 50 and older have increased too” – Barbara Yawn, MD, director of research at Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, Minn.
In a study published earlier this year in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analyzed more than 300,000 vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals and found the vaccine was associated with a 55% reduction in shingles incidence.
Despite the devastation the disease causes, only 6.7% of adults over the age of 60 were immunized.
The FDA has now approved Zostavax, a live attenuated virus vaccine for shingles, for use in patients between the ages of 50 and 59; it had previously been approved only for patients aged 60 and older.
Read more about the vaccine and how it can help here: