Allow shingles vaccine for anyone who needs it, regardless of age

Allow shingles vaccine for anyone who needs it, regardless of age

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Amanda Betts started this petition to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and

I had a terrible case of the chicken pox when I was very young (in the early 1980's), and I have always assumed that I would be one of the adults who suffers from shingles later in life. I have been asking for the shingles vaccine for several years. I've been told that the FDA has approved the vaccine for adults 50 years and older, however the CDC recommends (and so insurance companies follow) a minimum age of 60 before receiving the vaccine for this debilitating disease. There are other agencies in countries around the world with similar - or even stricter - guidelines.

CDC Information About Shingles Vaccine

FDA Information About Shingles Vaccine

I will be 38 years old in a few months, and I am currently in the middle of an extremely painful (and lengthy) outbreak of the shingles. I have never been in this much pain my entire life. My career and personal life are both suffering while I am barely able to get out of bed in the morning, much less do anything productive for weeks now. I am besides myself that this could have easily been prevented if I were given the vaccination when I first started asking for it years ago. Now that I am talking about this, I am hearing a lot of stories from people my age - or even younger - who have or have had to deal with this disease. 

My entire generation had the chicken pox, and I fear we will start to see the average age of shingles sufferers continue to decline well below 60 and even 50. I believe this vaccine should be available to anyone who has suffered from chicken pox, regardless of their age. And it should be mandatory for those with a compromised immune system, where appropriate.

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