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The 10 Leading Health Stories of 2013


9. Shingles Became an Itchy Epidemic

A North American outbreak of shingles, the virus that also causes childhood chicken pox, became an itchy health epidemic this past year. It had so many people freaked out that they rushed to doctors and health clinics demanding a vaccine only to find out that it’s reserved for patients 60-years or older. Tough break if you suffered through the itchy, painful bumps as a child only for the more serious form of the virus to activate again in adulthood. A large majority of the medical community pointed to the chicken pox vaccine for introducing a live attenuated virus that sits dormant in the central nervous system and strikes adults suffering a period of low immunity.

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