If Your Immune System Is Compromised, Can You Get Vaccinated?

For patients with compromised immune systems, getting vaccinated often involves making complex decisions. The protection a vaccine provides is especially important to prevent illness, but do vaccines come with added risks? Whether your system is weakened by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or HIV or compromised by medications such as biologics, check with your healthcare … Read More

Do You Know the Truth About Shingles? (Infographic)

The nerve! The same virus that causes itchy, childhood chickenpox can return as an agonizing, nerve-blitzing skin rash in adults. Unwelcome and unpredictable, shingles attacks one in three people. “The longer you live, the higher your risk,” says Robert Bolash, MD, a pain specialist at Cleveland Clinic. But knowledge is power. Learn the truth about … Read More

Study Finds Getting Shingles Vaccine May Be ‘Heart-Smart’

Now, there’s another reason to get a shingles vaccine. New research finds that by lowering your risk for shingles, you also lower your risk for heart attack and mini-stroke. To arrive at this finding, researchers at University College London scoured existing patient medical records looking for patterns between shingles and cardiovascular disease. After factoring in … Read More

Do You Need a Shot for Shingles? (Video)

Shingles is a skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox — and it can be just as painful and uncomfortable. Even worse, shingles often recurs. But you can be vaccinated to decrease your risk. Who is most at risk? Advanced age or a weakened immune system can make people more vulnerable to contracting shingles. … Read More

Treating Pain When Shingles Lingers

Shingles is painful enough. But to add insult to injury, sometimes a chronic pain syndrome develops after shingles resolves. Shingles is a skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus, herpes zoster. Studies suggest that roughly 30 to 60 percent of people over age 60 who get shingles may go on to develop post-herpetic neuralgia, or … Read More