Yes, by about 30 percent in the year following the shingles, according to a recent study published in the journal, Stroke. It’s not clear whether shingles caused most of the strokes or if underlying factors put the patients at heightened risk for both shingles and stroke. It does appear that people are more likely to have a stroke if their shingles affected the nerves around the eye (herpes zoster opthalmicus). And severe cases of any form of shingles
can spread to the spinal cord or the brain, which could trigger a stroke. That’s all the more reason to get the shingles vaccine (Zostavax) particularly if you’re between 60 and 69, the group for which it’s most effective.
SAFETY OF INFLUENCE AND H1N1 VACCINATIONS IN PATIENTS WITH MYASTHENIA GRAVIS AND PATIENT COMPLIANCE
Department of Neurology, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, 6 Weitzman Street, Tel Aviv 64239, Israel, firstname.lastname@example.org