Shingles can be treated if detected early. Acyclovir (Zovirax) has been the mainstay among the antivirals, but it needs to be taken five times a day. Valacyclovir (Valtrex) only needs to be taken three times a day, and in a head-to-head trial, it proved to be more effective than acyclovir. But valacyclovir is also more expensive, so your insurance may not cover it. Famciclovir (Famvir) is another antiviral, but there is a vaccine available for shingles. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the group that sets vaccine policy for Americans, made its official recommendation for the shingles vaccine in 2008. All Americans ages 60 or older should get the shot, the committee says, even if they’ve already had shingles. Read on..Should you get the shingles vaccine?
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