Shingles

Shingles increases stroke, MI risk in elderly

Shingles increases stroke, MI risk in elderly

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Risk of stroke and myocardial infarction may be more than double in the first week following a shingles diagnosis in elderly patients.

Shingles increases stroke, myocardial infarction risk in the elderly

Shingles increases stroke, myocardial infarction risk in the elderly

Stroke risk increased for three months immediately following a shingles diagnosis, with a two-fold risk during the first week.

Herpes zoster subunit vaccine efficacy in immunocompetent adults ≥50 years old


Herpes zoster subunit vaccine efficacy in immunocompetent adults ≥50 years old


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Herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles, may occur in anyone previously infected with chicken pox, but is most common in adults 60 years and older due to an age-related decline in immunity.

Stroke risk rises with shingles attack

Stroke risk rises with shingles attack

Patients with shingles who were not treated with antivirals had nearly twice the risk of stroke compared with those who received medication.

Risk for shingles recurrence low in elderly

Risk for shingles recurrence low in elderly

Immunocompetent older people who have had shingles recently have a relatively low short-term risk for developing the skin condition again, regardless of vaccination status, study data show.

Shingles vaccine generally well tolerated in older adults

Shingles vaccine generally well tolerated in older adults

The shingles vaccine is safe and well tolerated in older adults, despite a small increased risk for allergic reaction in the week following vaccination.

Once-daily therapy for postherpetic neuralgia

Once-daily therapy for postherpetic neuralgia

Gralise significantly improved patient's mean pain scores compared with placebo in an 11-week clinical trial.

When to give the zoster vaccine

An elderly patient presented with an acute reaction of shingles. How soon after treatment is it advisable to administer the zoster vaccine (Zostavax)?

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