April 03, 2013

Lupus and Increased Shingles Incidence

A study published in the recent issue of the journal Lupus reports that people with lupus had a 70% increased risk of developing shingles compared to participants without inflammatory disease.
The increase is likely due to cell-mediated immunity among people with lupus, and/or the immunosuppressive medications they take to control the disease.

More information, including discussion of the application of the shingles vaccine, and whether someone with shingles is contagious, can be found in:
Lupus 22:238-244

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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