New Shingles vaccine is proving to be more effective
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — There is a new shingles vaccine that is proving to be more effective than the previous one.
The shingles virus is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus in the body that normally results in a painful blistering rash.
Doctors at Mayo Clinic Health System say this new vaccine is showing to be roughly 90 percent effective, which is much better than the last vaccine that was about 50 percent effective.
While elderly people are usually the most vulnerable to the shingles virus, the old vaccine wasn’t nearly as effective in any population including the elderly.
Doctors at Mayo said you might be effected by the virus, even without knowing it.
“If you’re 40 years of age or older in the US there’s a 99 percent chance that you had chicken pox as a child whether you know it or not. Almost all adults in the US are susceptible to shingles,” said infectious disease physician Raj Palraj.
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