Harvard Health Letter

Shingles: Prevention is the way to go

As the immune system weakens with age, the risk of shingles increases. Shingles starts to become more common in our 50s; half of everyone who makes it to age 85 will have experienced shingles some time along the way. But anyone harboring the varicella virus in their nervous system, which is true of most everyone over age 40, and who has an impaired immune system is vulnerable. Federal vaccine officials have recommended that everyone age 60 or older with a healthy immune system be vaccinated against shingles.
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