Shingles vaccine can prevent strokes in senior citizens, according to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). The vaccine is most effective in seniors aged 66 to 79.
Therefore, the CDC is recommending that seniors get vaccinated. Doing so, provides a double benefit. You are reducing the risk of shingles, and at the same time you may be reducing your risk of stroke.
Shingles Vaccine: What Is Shingles?
Shingles is a viral infection caused by the chickenpox virus. The chickenpox virus which lies dormant in your body. One in 3 people who have had chickenpox develop shingles in their lifetime, and it surfaces after age 50. Symptoms include painful skin blisters.
The reason for increased risk of stroke after a shingles infection may be due to inflammation caused by the virus.
Researchers found that those receiving the shingles vaccine had an 18 percent lower risk of stroke and a 12 percent lower risk of a hemorrhagic stroke. The new vaccine is more than 90 percent effective at preventing shingles and is recommended for adults age 50 and older by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
These results are clear. The new vaccine not only reduces inflammation, — it also lowers the risk of stroke.