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Why is it important for seniors to get the shingles vaccine?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of every three people 60 years old or older will get shingles. Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk of getting shingles. The shingles vaccine reduces the risk of having shingles, the duration of a shingles attack and the pain associated with a shingles rash.

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