Latest News on Shingles

A new study on shingles suggests the risk of having shingles recur after the initial occurrence is fairly low. The study appears online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

The new findings may change how Bruce Hirsch, MD, approaches people with shingles. Hirsch is an infectious disease specialist at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. “This study provides new information about the nature of shingles,” he says. “I am not going to give the shingles vaccine to individuals who had a recent history of shingles.”

In these cases, “the immune system can see the virus, and it is similar to getting the vaccine,” Hirsch told WebMD.

 

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