Somerville mayor diagnosed with shingles, sent to hospital
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts will be out of the public eye and the office for the next few weeks due to a severe case of shingles.
Officials say Democratic Mayor Joseph Curtatone was recently hospitalized with the shingles virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. Though the illness is rarely life-threatening, Curtatone's office says he has a severe case that is affecting his inner ear and facial nerves.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some Idaho residents may have to wait until next year to get the new shingles vaccine.
The Idaho Statesman reports the vaccine, Shingrix, has been on high demand nationwide since it was released in February. That's caused a lack of inventory for many pharmacies.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Bob Steenlage practices what he preaches about keeping a daily log of 10 things for which he is thankful, although some might find it odd that sometimes includes contracting shingles two years ago.
They might find just as puzzling Steenlage's gratitude for the Lyme disease that afflicted him shortly thereafter. As if on a roll, another conundrum is his ability to express gladness about being diagnosed with cancer.
Stronger pound weighs on revenues at drugmaker GSK
LONDON (AP) — Pharmaceutical and consumer goods maker GlaxoSmithKline says first-quarter revenue dropped 2 percent as a stronger pound offset encouraging sales of a new shingles treatment.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda thought he had a migraine. It turns out the Broadway star really had shingles.
Miranda tweeted on Thursday that he had been diagnosed with shingles, saying he it caught early and that he had been quarantined from his 8-week-old son.
A new shingles vaccine called Shingrix has proved especially effective at protecting adults against the painful rash and virus, experts say.
But getting adults to use Shingrix and other shingles vaccines is not easy, according to an article in Kaiser Health News.
Dear Dr. Roach: I have multiple sclerosis. I have been told NOT to get the shingles vaccine by one doctor, and I have been told TO get the shot by another. I had the shingles twice a long time ago. Does the fact that it is a live culture have an effect on the recommendation?
DEAR DR. ROACH: Today, we heard about a new vaccine for shingles. However, very little was discussed about what it does that the older version does not do, nor was there any advice as to a safe period of time between administering the older version and the current version of the shingles vaccination.
Dear Dr. Roach: Today, we heard about a new vaccine for shingles. However, very little was discussed about what it does that the older version does not do, nor was there any advice as to a safe period of time between administering the older version and the current version of the shingles vaccination.
Dear Doctor: I had shingles about 10 years ago, just after I turned 50, and it was just as difficult and painful as everyone says. Now I hear that it's possible I can get it again. Is this really true? Should I get the vaccine?
CDC touts new shingles vaccine as more than 90 percent effective
OMAHA, Neb. - Maybe you’ve heard of shingles, that ghost of chicken pox past that’s undoubtedly hiding in your nervous system, waiting for a chance to make a comeback with a blistering rash and persistent nerve pain.
Shingles and chicken pox are both caused by the same virus, varicella zoster.
On Oct. 26, 2017, a new shingles vaccine was officially approved by the FDA. The brand name is Shingrix. (You tell me where they came up with that moniker.) The official Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC voted Oct. 25 to recommend this new product over Zostavax, made by the drug company Merck, which has been around since 2006. Shingrix is sold by the GlaxoSmithKline drug company. It will be released for general use in 1-2 months.
Q: I had shingles about 10 years ago, just after I turned 50, and it was just as difficult and painful as everyone says. Now I hear that it’s possible I can get it again. Is this really true? Should I get the vaccine? A: It’s true having shingles once does not bestow immunity. While a second bout is rare — it’s estimated as few as 1 percent of people who had shingles get it again within the first three years — the odds do increase over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and...
Dear Dr. Roach: I am 95 years old, and have been suffering from a very painful case of shingles. I take many medicines for pain, and for high blood pressure and glaucoma. My health-food store advertises a natural cure for shingles, and I wonder if it would interact with the medications I take.
Panel recommends new, better shingles shot over old version
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal panel recommended Wednesday that older people already vaccinated for shingles get a new, better shot.
The advisory group said the just-approved vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline works better at preventing shingles and may last longer than the one that's been sold in the U.S. since 2006.
Correction: FDA-Shingles Vaccine story
In a story Oct. 20 about U.S. approval of GlaxoSmithKline's shingles vaccine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the drugmaker is testing its new vaccine against an older one sold by Merck & Co. The study is being conducted by University of Colorado researchers; Glaxo is providing its vaccine for the research.
A corrected version of the story is below:
FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus
US vaccine panel to discuss waning effectiveness, new shots
NEW YORK (AP) — Two years ago, George Green got stabbing pain and bad blisters around his right arm. It was the worst case of shingles his doctor had ever seen.
"I said, 'Wait a minute, I had the vaccine! How come I got this?'" recalled Green, a 68-year-old engineer in Austell, Georgia, who got the shot seven years earlier.
His doctor at Emory University, Dr. Sharon Bergquist, said about 10 percent of the patients she's given the shingles shot have come back with the disease years later.
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles vaccine available, according to a news release. The vaccine is free for adults who do not have health insurance, or if the insurance requires a co-pay. There is an administration fee of $23, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on reported income.
People 60 years and older should be vaccinated against shingles.
To schedule an appointment, contact public health at 509-962-7515.
The Kittitas County Public Health Department is offering free shingles and Tdap vaccines from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 19 at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum, according to a news release. No appointment is necessary.
The vaccines are free for adults without insurance, or if the insurance requires a co-pay. An administration fee of $23 can be reduced or waived based on income.
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles and free Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine available, according to a news release.
The vaccines are free for adults who do not have health insurance, or if the insurance requires a co-pay. There is an administration fee of $23, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on reported income.
Dear Doctor: I'm a 78-year-old woman who developed shingles in December 2014. The rash settled in the nerves on my left side, from under the breast, to the waist and around the middle of my back. Is there anything I can take to ease the pain? Would the vaccine help?
Murray recalls shingles struggle after Australian Open exit
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Andy Murray said Sunday he is back to his best ahead of the Dubai Tennis Championships after recounting his struggles with shingles following his early exit from the Australian Open last month.
Shingles is a common, painful skin rash.
"I was a bit sick for 10 days, a couple of weeks, after I got back from Australia," said Murray, who will play Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in the first round in Dubai. "I feel fresh and ready to go here.
COLUMBIA -- Lawmakers could take the first steps this week to form a state-sanctioned vaccine program for the Herpes Zoster virus, which is known by millions of Americans as shingles.
Shingles can strike anyone who suffered through chickenpox as a child and health agencies estimate that hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer shingles outbreaks each year.
The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles vaccines available, according to a news release.
Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the body that is caused by the varicella zoster virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Varicella zoster virus is the same virus that causes chickenpox. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later and cause shingles.
DEAR DOCTOR K: You've written about who should get the shingles vaccine, and why. Are there any groups of people who should not get the shingles vaccine?
DEAR READER: I'm glad you asked because, yes, there are groups of people who should not get the vaccine.
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