Within a few weeks the first ever vaccine to help prevent shingles will be available to the nation's medical community.

"It's basically a stronger vaccine than that which is given to children," explains Dr. Eskild Peterson of the department of medicine's Infectious Diseases section. He also says the vaccine seems to be more effective when given to younger age groups.

KUAT's Health & Science reporter Pam White files this report.

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Department of Medicine Infectious Diseases Section