Study: Adults need to get shingles vaccine

Posted by Kelsey Wheatcroft - email

(NBC) - A vaccine to prevent shingles has been around since 2006, yet a majority of adults haven't gotten it. A new study finds they should definitely roll up their sleeves.

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, and it can lie dormant in the body for years before rearing its ugly head in adulthood.

It's extremely painful, and in severe cases can lead to lasting nerve damage.

Now a new study shows the shingles vaccine can cut the risk of the disease by more than half.

A person with shingles can give the chicken pox to a child who's never been exposed to the virus.

Doctors say only about 11-percent of adults have gotten the vaccine, even though it's recommended for healthy people over age sixty.

The vaccine hasn't been on the market long enough to determine how long it's effective.