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Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the U.S. will develop shingles in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the risk goes up with age. Shingles is the blistery rash that happens when the chickenpox virus is reactivated. While it isn't a life-threatening condition, shingles can be painful. Vaccines can reduce the risk of shingles, while early treatment can shorten a shingles infection and lessen the chance of complications.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss shingles and who should get vaccinated. Also on the program, Dr. John Volz, an orthodontist at Mayo Clinic, will explain treatment for cleft lip and cleft palate. And Dr. Scott Litin, an internal medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic, will share information about the latest edition of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. Dr. Litin is the medical editor.
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