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Updated: 11/13/2013 08:00:01AM

Older adults urged to get shingles vaccine

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Even as health officials urge flu vaccinations, residents and seasonal visitors are also encouraged to get vaccinated against shingles. Caused by the same virus associated with chickenpox, shingles is more common and serious in older adults.

Health officials estimate that one in three people in the United States will develop shingles during his or her lifetime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shingles most commonly occurs in people 50 years old or older, people who have medical conditions that keep the immune system from working properly, or people who receive immunosuppressive drugs.

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