HEALTH MATTERS: Adults 60 and older should ask for shingles vaccineQ. I am in my mid-fifties. On my last visit with my physician, I was asked a question I had never been asked before: Did you have chickenpox as a child? I answered yes, which prompted me to ask why. The nurse said that adults who have had chickenpox as a child are susceptible to shingles as an adult. Chickenpox can be prevented by vaccination, and there is a vaccine to prevent shingles. My doctor did not prescribe the vaccine against shingles for me. Should I request to have the vaccine?
By: Dr. Joshua Wynne , Grand Forks Herald