Shingles Vaccine 2012: Ample Supply, Plus TV Commercials

Last year, older Americans were told that the shingles vaccine was effective at cutting their risk of getting the painful red rash caused by the chicken pox virus. The only problem: A paltry supply meant few people could get the shot. This year, there’s not only ample supply, there are now TV ads urging people 60 and older to get the vaccine, reports the Wall Street Journal. Drug company Merck, which makes the Zostavax vaccine, has begun running TV ads …

The Takeaway: Debt Talks Cont’d.; Heat Wave

Still far apart: Despite a looming deadline and mounting pressure to “get it done,” President Obama yesterday said he was not interested in any temporary “stopgap” solution to the debt ceiling problem.”That is just not an acceptable approach. So we might as well do it now. Pull off the Band-Aid.” Although the president wouldn’t get into specifics, it was clear that Social Security reforms are still on the bargaining table. … What happens if Congress fails to raise the debt …