Have you had your shingles vaccine?
It’s cold outside and it seems like everyone is getting sick! Older adults may already know about the dangers of flu season and the flu vaccine that helps prevent it, but did you know there is also a vaccine for shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that normally occurs in adults who have had chicken pox at some point in their life. Almost half of all shingles cases in the United States affect people age 60 or older. Shingles symptoms include:
- A painful rash on one side of your body
- Itching or tingling before the development of a rash
- Upset stomach
The shingles vaccine is recommended for almost everyone 60 years old or older. Who should not be vaccinated? If you’re suffering from a weakened immune system, undergoing cancer treatments, or those allergic to gelatin consult your doctor to see if the vaccine is right for you. Even if you’ve already had shingles, consider being vaccinated to prevent a recurrence.
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