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Older Adults Are Still Skipping Vaccinations

December 11, 2016

shinglesLouise Abate first noticed an itchy tingle near her hairline. The pain started a day or two later as a blistering rash swept down from her scalp onto her forehead. “My eye was so swollen I couldn’t open it,” she said.

Shingles. Ms. Abate, 76, a retired casino supervisor in Rio Rancho, N.M., had had the disease twice before, in her 60s, but the episode three years ago hit particularly hard.

Long after the rash healed, which took about three weeks, she suffered the complication called postherpetic neuralgia — lingering nerve pain that can last for months or even, as in her case, years. “I get up every day, and it’s there,” she said. “I go to sleep, and it’s there.”

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