Shingles Vaccine Debate Video

It could prevent a condition that sends 1 million Americans to the doctor each year, but some say there are too many questions and not enough answers when it comes to this controversial vaccine.
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Casey Taylor: Fresh out of dental school Dr. Mark Offenback thought it was just stress when rash appeared on his side. Dr. Mark Offenback: We realized it was Shingles the blister stopped at my sternum and stopped at my spine on the other side. Casey Taylor: May be two year old Bill Jones is still suffering the effects of a case of Shingles. He contracted last November. Bill Jones: There is still, still sensitivity. Casey Taylor: About one million people develop Shingles every year, and half of cases occurred in those over 60. The CDC recently issued a recommendation that all patients over 60 received the newly developed Shingles vaccine. In a study it reduce the risk of Shingles by about of half, and the risk of lingering nerve pain by 67%. Dr. Michael Muszynski: If the Shingles vaccine which used to it's full potential it would prevent half of all shingles disease all together. Casey Taylor: But insurance coverage of the vaccine is far from universal. And although research suggest it last up to 6 years. Doctors don't know yet if a booster dose is needed? Dr. Archana Shah: We don't know after what, after four years what happens? Casey Taylor: Dr. Archana Shah only recommends the Shingles vaccine for her patients if they have had the condition at least once and have a healthy immune system. She says because the vaccine is new, many questions remain unanswered. Dr. Archana Shah: We need more trails, more time. Dr. Michael Muszynski: I think the Shingles vaccine has been under utilized to risk benefit ratio the shingles vaccine is overwhelming in favor of giving the vaccine. Casey Taylor: Until everyone is onboard, a conversation with your doctor is the best place to start. This is Casey Taylor reporting.

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