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Surgeon General's News by Dr Addington

05 Mar

Surgeon General's News by Dr Addington


Author: Mick Pitzer

Shingles

As we age, our immune system declines and puts us at higher risk for shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. A vaccine, Shingrix is available for persons over 50 years old. It is up to 90% effective and helps to boost our body’s protection against shingles. Two shots are required, 2 to 6 months apart. There can be pain, redness and swelling at the injection site. You can also have muscle pain, tiredness, headache, and fever. These side effects may be less than the effects of shingles. The vaccine is not in great supply and people are placed on a waiting list for the vaccine.

Shingrix

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