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Shingles Vaccine Not For Under Age 60. Why?

By on September 10, 2015

The news has made Shingles into a really scary thing. I talked to my Dr. about getting the vaccine and he agreed with this article. Not because of cost, but because of effectiveness of the shot. Most people do not get it until over the age of 60 and you should only take the shot once. This article does not say you can only get it the shot once. This article does. click here.  Alexa

By Emily Lunardo  (Health News)  

From a cost effectiveness point of view, the shingles vaccine is not a viable option for people age 60 or less, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The author of a study on the subject of shingles vaccines says it is not surprising that the CDC does not recommend the shingles vaccine for people below 60 years of age. In fact, the results of the study actually support the CDC’s policy.

Varicella zoster virus is one of eight herpes viruses that infect humans and vertebrates. Shingles – also known as herpes zoster, zoster, or zona – is a viral disease that manifests itself with a painful skin rash and can include blisters. Caused by the shingles virus (same virus that causes chicken pox), the rash typically occurs on either the left or right of the torso (or face) in a single strip. Unlike chicken pox in adults, the rash is self-limiting and is usually seen in a small area. The rash is preceded by a pain or tingling, two to four days before it breaks out. While anyone can develop the condition, it is more common among older people.

In the U.S. about one million people develop shingles each year. While some of them recover with treatment, most of them continue to have persistent severe pain (post-herpetic neuralgia) in spite of being treated with antiviral drugs.

In a study of 38,000 adults aged 60 and older who received the zoster vaccine, the live vaccine has been shown to reduce the incidence of shingles by 51.3 percent. The vaccine also reduced the number of cases of post-herpetic neuralgia by 66.5 percent. But these results are for people over 60 years of age.

Though the FDA has cleared the use of this vaccine for use among those age 50 and older, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) does not recommend the vaccine before age 60.

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