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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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