Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/16/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Vaccine cuts risk of infection by half and reduces complications

A new vaccine against shingles could cut the risk of infection by half and reduce complications associated with the condition. However -- 60,000 doses have been supplied to Britain, but there is no fair way of distributing them. This leaves a lot of deserving people at risk.

The United Kingdom is currently in a very unique position, as 60,000 doses have been supplied to Britain but there is no fair way of distributing them. It's not yet known when a nationwide scheme will be brought in.

The United Kingdom is currently in a very unique position, as 60,000 doses have been supplied to Britain but there is no fair way of distributing them. It's not yet known when a nationwide scheme will be brought in.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/16/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Shingles, vaccine, symptoms, chickenpox, United Kingdom, Zostavax


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The vaccine's effectiveness against post-herpetic neuralgia, which is a nerve pain that occurs at the site of a previous attack of shingles, was 59 percent.

An infection of a nerve and the surrounding skin, shingles is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. While most people suffer with chickenpox in childhood, once the illness has disappeared, the virus remains dormant in the nervous system. Later in life it can be reactivated and cause shingles.

Shingles tends to affect adults over the age of 50. It's not yet known why the virus is reactivated, but it may be due to lowered immunity due to age, stress or another underlying condition. The lifetime risk of developing shingles is between 10 and 30 percent. This risk increases to 50 percent in those aged 85 years or older.

Dr. Sinéad Langan and her colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine studied the medical records of 766,330 American private healthcare patients aged over 65 between 2007 and 2009.

The group found that while almost 13,000 participants developed shingles, the vaccine reduced the rate of infection by 48 percent.

AS published in medical journal Public Library of Science, the study did find that the vaccine was less effective against shingles in older adults with impaired immune systems.

The Department of Health has failed to negotiate a large enough contract with manufacturers to enable a national immunization program any time soon.

The United Kingdom is currently in a very unique position, as 60,000 doses have been supplied to Britain but there is no fair way of distributing them. It's not yet known when a nationwide scheme will be brought in.

The vaccine, called Zostavax is available on private prescription for a cost of around £100.

"This study shows the effectiveness of the herpes zoster vaccine to prevent shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia in a general population of over 65s.

"Our findings should be taken in to consideration by those developing policy, particularly in the U.K. where plans to offer the vaccine are being made," Langan says.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Health

'Turbo-charging' immune system to kill all known cancers in development Watch

Image of Scientists at Imperial College London, who led the study, are now developing a gene therapy based on the protein and hope to begin human trials in three years.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A protein which "turbo-charges" the immune system, enabling it to fight off any cancer or virus, has been discovered by scientists. Described as a "game-changer" for cancer treatment, researchers at Imperial College in the United Kingdom have found a previously ... continue reading


Negative relationships really are unhealthy: New research shows high blood pressure linked to stressful relationships Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Bad relationship status may cause physiological health deterioration. The research, conducted by a team from the University of Michigan, discovered men are more sensitive with regards to the stress levels of their wives or partners. These stress levels, from negative ... continue reading


Killer high heels cause long lasting body damage Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Fashion is such a big thing, especially for women. These days, for you to belong to the "it-crowd," you have to be stylish and popular in your social media posts, or you constantly have to update your fashion blog with the latest trends in clothing, shoes, and ... continue reading


Divorce, other stressful events may possibly trigger diabetes in children Watch

Image of The study said that while the causes of type 1 diabetes are unknown, it is usually preceded by the body's own immune system attacking and killing beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new study conducted in Sweden has found that traumatic events experienced in childhood - such as the divorce of parents, death or illness increases the risk of developing type 1 diabetes in children. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Swedish study ... continue reading


Rare deadly tick borne virus is worse than Lyme disease Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Powassan virus, though having similar symptoms, are even worse than the Lyme disease, according to doctors. This tick borne virus is rare and potentially life-threatening, without any cure or treatment known of yet, reported by the CBS2. In a matter of minutes ... continue reading


First human head transplant to be performed by doctor critics call 'nuts' Watch

Image of Valery Spiridonov plans on being the first recipient to a human head transplant (East2WestNews).

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Suffering from the rare genetic Werdnig-Hoffman muscle wasting disease, diagnosed when he was one, Valery Spiridonov says that he is ready to undergo the first human head transplant. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The 30-year-old Russian computer scientist ... continue reading


Is Facebook making you depressed? Recent study finds link between Facebook and depression Watch

Image of Facebook enables people to share their lives online which also allows users to see information about their friends that they don't normally have access to.

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Researchers have discovered that Facebook users who spend more time in social media tend to compare their own lives from their friends', resulting into occurrence of depressive symptoms, according to a new study from the University of Houston. The danger lies in the ... continue reading


Man reveals secret on how he lost nearly 400 pounds Watch

Image of Brian Flemming only has 30 to 40 pounds left to go to reach his goal, and that's in excess skin.

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With just 30 to 40 pounds of excess skin left for him to undergo surgery, Brian Flemming was successful in shedding out almost 400 pounds. He recently showed off his body in front of a camera, gaining enough attention to become a headline. Previously weighing 625 ... continue reading


Over diagnosed? Doctors now say that two-thirds of the people on anti-depressants may not need them Watch

Image of Medication for anxiety and medication is being prescribed to patients that are not clinically depressed, researchers say.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In an increasingly tense society, many doctors are handing out prescriptions for drugs that enable patients to combat feelings of moodiness and depression. Researchers now say that more than two-thirds, or 69 percent of people taking antidepressants don't meet ... continue reading


Mayo Clinic discovers mystery disease destroying lawyer Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Greg Widseth, a lawyer from Minnesota, had been suffering from an unknown disease. Neurologists he had visited could not figure out what was happening to him. Fortunately for Widseth, Mayo Clinic has been able to determine the neurological disease wreaking havoc on ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 6:8-15
8 Stephen was filled with grace and power and began ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
23 Though princes sit plotting against me, your ... Read More

Gospel, John 6:22-29
22 Next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 20th, 2015 Image

St. Marian
April 20: When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter