A recent retrospective study showed that administration of the chickenpox vaccine to children did not increase the prevalence of shingles. The study included data from 2.8 million Medicare patients over the age of 65 from 1992 to 2010. The result was that there was a steady increase in the incidence of shingles, but was not changed by a significant amount after the chickenpox vaccine became available. However, there is still no explanation for the rise of shingles outbreaks in the United States. Would you recommend the zoster vaccine to elderly patients? What are some of the benefits of getting the vaccine?
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