CDC backs wide use of Merck's Zostavax

TODAY'S SPOTLIGHT... CDC backs wide use of Merck's Zostavax
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is giving a boost to Merck's Zostavax vaccine. The public health agency is recommending that all adults 60 years and older should get the herpes zoster shot to prevent shingles, a painful and sometimes long-lasting disease. Complications of shingles, such a pneumonia and blindness, are more common among older folks. The CDC's advice comes after a long peer-review process, and its official stamp could prompt more doctors to give the vaccine--and, importantly, more private insurance companies to cover it. Release | Report

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