Encourage Your Seniors to Get Their Shingles Vaccine

Study Shows Shingles Can Be Deadly, Vaccine Shown to Reduce Odds

If you love and/or care for someone over 60, ask them, “Have you had your shingles vaccine yet?”

Here is a simple flyer on the Shingles Vaccine to share with the Seniors in your life.

vaccine-shingles-senior-health-needleResearchers reported on December 15, 2015 that a study found that shingles isn’t just painful. It can cause death through heart attack and stroke.

We have all heard of or known someone who got Shingles. It is a very painful illness that can do more than cause pain in the elderly that contract it. Researchers found that the elderly were more than twice as likely to have a stroke and almost twice as likely to have heart attack in the first week of symptoms.

Shingles is also called herpes zoster and is caused by the same virus that causes childhood chicken pox.

 

Currently there is a vaccine that can reduce your risk of contracting the illness by 51%. An NBC article reported that Zostavax is only about 70% effective and this efficacy drops to below 40 percent in people 70 years old or older. This vaccine has very little side effects.

senior-woman-receiving-a-vaccination-shot-from-her-doctorOn the horizon is a new vaccine that seems to work better than the current vaccine, protecting more than 97% of people against the condition – even the very oldest.

 

The vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, isn’t on the market yet. More advanced trials are still needed. This new vaccine has some side effects that some in the study reported as severe.

Risk of shingles increases as people get older. The CDC recommends that people 60 years old and older get shingles vaccine to prevent shingles.

shingles-pdf-flyer

 

Download our flyer to inform your residents and staff about the Shingles vaccination.

 

 

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