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Why aren't more adults getting a shingles vaccine?

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According to the Center for Disease Control, there are about 1 million new cases of shingles each year in the U.S., and, if you've ever had chicken pox, you're at risk.

A study just published in the American Journal of Medicine shows while it's recommended older adults get the shingles vaccine, less than 15 percent do, often because doctors don't make it a priority.

Fox 9 medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou tells you how to recognize shingles and why more adults aren't getting vaccinated.

WHAT IS SHINGLES?

According to the Mayo Clinic, "shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso."

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, that's the same virus that causes chicken pox, and it can reactivate as shingles later in life.

Shingles isn't a life-threatening condition, but vaccines can help reduce the risk and lessen the chance of complications.

WHO SHOULD GET THE VACCINE?

The CDC recommends the vaccine for people 60 years and older to prevent shingles. There is no maximum age for getting the vaccine.

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