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Get your shingles vaccine: It might just save your life

Shingles is a very uncomfortable, frustrating reactivation of an old chicken pox infection, and anyone who has had shingles – guilty – can attest to the fact that it’s something you would really love to prevent, if at all possible.

Which it is, of course, because both shingles vaccines on the market have good studies to show they reduce the chance of a shingles occurrence (the newest vaccine is reputed to be better at that – at least in the short term – than the older vaccine but time will tell if that still holds true several years after that new one has been on the market).

But here’s the thing: In preventing a shingles outbreak, a new study presented at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in February (but not yet published) claims that you are also lowering your risk of a stroke.

Why?

Because several studies have shown nicely that a shingles outbreak is associated with a higher risk of stroke for at least several weeks after – likely due to the inflammation associated with shingles – so if you prevent a shingles outbreak, you also reduce your risk of a shingles-linked stroke.

Great example of two for the price of one, which should make this a very easy sell to us old folks who love to pick up bargains.