Prevent Shingles

How can I prevent and treat shingles?

Shingles is most common in older adults and those with weak immune systems, and in a significant number of cases, it leads to agonizing pain that persists for up to 3 months.

That's why anyone over age 60 should ask their doctor about the Zostavax vaccine, which reduces risk of developing the viral disease by 50%. The accompanying rash usually heals on its own within a few weeks, but taking an antiviral medication within 72 hours of the first sign of it can help alleviate symptoms.

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Source: Rafael Harpaz, MD, shingles expert in the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

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