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Battling Shingles

August 17, 2015

Ever had chickenpox? Or a chicken pox or shingles vaccination? There’s a chance you could get shingles, a painful type of recurrence of the chickenpox virus (herpes zoster). First, how does it work? Herpes Zoster is in the same family as the herpes simplex virus (ie. cold sores and genital herpes)—it hangs out dormant for […]

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Having shingles, especially at a younger age, increases your risk of heart attack and stroke (about 50% more likely to have a heart attack, and 74% more likely to have a stroke). Shingles can occur in anyone who’s had the chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. They are actually more common in people who’ve had the […]

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