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Wise Young
05-28-2006, 04:54 PM
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FDA Approves Shingles Vaccine
Some Experts Express Concern Over Its Cost

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May 26, 2006
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Shingles occurs when the chickenpox virus lying dormant in nerve cells "wakes up" in older people or others with health problems. (CBS)

The vaccine, Zostavax, is actually a boosted dose of the chickenpox vaccine currently given to children.


(WebMD) The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first vaccine for adult shingles.

The agency cleared the vaccine — known as Zostavax — for use in adults age 60 and older; studies showed it can prevent shingles roughly half the time.

But experts say they're worried that partial insurance coverage of the vaccine may slow its acceptance by doctors and patients.

Shingles often leads to months-long bouts of painful blisters. Although the initial phase of shingles is rarely fatal, severe pain, called postherpetic neuralgia, sometimes develops after the blisters resolve. This pain can last for years and be so intense in some people that it disrupts their lives.

The illness is caused by varicella, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles occurs when the chickenpox virus lying dormant in nerve cells "wakes up" in older people or others with health problems. The vaccine, Zostavax, is actually a boosted dose of the chickenpox vaccine currently given to children.

Large Market for Vaccine

There are approximately 50 million Americans over age 60; more than 95 percent had chickenpox as children, making them vulnerable to shingles.

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