shingles shingles
Stories About

shingles

Many people might not be aware of what types of vaccines they need as they get older. Here, an adult gets a flu shot in Jacksonville, Fla. Rick Wilson/AP images for Flu + You hide caption

toggle caption
Rick Wilson/AP images for Flu + You

The shortage is a nationwide problem. And the cause, according to the drug's manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, is simple: "Unprecedented demand." Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Cost, procrastination and a lack of insurance coverage are just a few of the reasons adults give health care providers for not getting vaccinated against shingles and other illnesses. Andrew Brookes/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Brookes/Getty Images/Cultura RF

The varicella zoster virus causes chickenpox in children, then lurks in the body for years and can cause painful shingles later in life. James Cavallini/Science Source hide caption

toggle caption
James Cavallini/Science Source

Engineering A Shingles Vaccine That Doesn't Wimp Out Over Time

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/421570746/422490126" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript