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Your Health: Vaccine, antivirals can shorten shingles infections

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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 1:00 am

Q: I had a scattering of bumps on one side of my back that seemed to come out of nowhere and hurt a little. I went to an urgent care center, where the doctor said it was shingles and prescribed medication. It wasn't as bad as I heard shingles can be.

A: Getting to the doctor and starting on antiviral drugs early can reduce shingles outbreak symptoms, including a blistery rash and burning pain.

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