New shingles vaccine 90% effective

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About one in three Americans will get shingles, the viral infection that causes a painful rash, and in some cases, more serious, long-term problems.

If you ever had chickenpox, you can get shingles. The virus that causes chickenpox hides in your body and reappears years later as shingles.

"Most people may have shingles for seven to 10 days, but if you have a weakened immune system, you're at much higher risk for complications which can be very severe,” said Dr. Seth Cohen, chief of UW Medicine’s infectious disease and travel clinics at Northwest Hospital.

The FDA recently approved a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, that is much better than the old one, Zostavax.

Shingrix was found to be more than 90 percent effective in the first year and 85 percent or more effective three years after vaccination.

Health experts say anyone 50 or older should get the Shingrix vaccine, even if they’ve already been vaccinated against shingles. You need two shots, two to six months apart.

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