CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine For All 60 And Up

May 16, 2008

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended all who are 60-years-old and up receive the shingles vaccine from Merck,  known as Zostavax.New York (ChattahBox) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended all who are 60-years-old and up receive the shingles vaccine from Merck, known as Zostavax.

Merck & Co. Inc’s vaccine Zostavax protects against the viral infection shingles, which is known for severe rashes.

The risk of developing shingles rises with age, especially once people get over the age of 60. They stated one-third of all people in the U.S. will develop shingles at some point.

For those who are between the age of 60 to 69-years old, it cuts the risk by 50% of developing shingles, and this is even higher for those over 70-years old.

The CDC stated it is important to be vaccinated once, even if you have already had shingles in the past.


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