A recent study provides more information on the link between stroke risk and shingles outbreaks. People were at higher risk within the first 4 weeks after the outbreak in comparison to time when they were not diagnosed with shingles, or 5-26 weeks after the initial outbreak. Although the mechanism of how stroke risk is increased post outbreak is unclear, it provides more evidence as to why patients should be vaccinated for shingles after the age of 60. Will there be an increased number of shingles vaccinated patients with this new data or does this association not change how you view the vaccine?
For additional information, please see the article in WebMD.
Click on the link for the study in Clinical Infectious Disease.
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