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Shingles

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination

Shingles is a painful localized skin rash, often with blisters, that is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles because VZV remains in the nerve cells of the body after the chickenpox infection clears and VZV can reappear years later causing shingles. Shingles most commonly occurs in people 50 years or older, people who have medical conditions that keep the immune system from working properly, or people who receive immunosuppressive drugs.

Almost 1 out of 3 people in America will develop during their lifetime. Your risk increases as you get older. People 60 years of age or older should get vaccinated against this painful disease.

What you need to know:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/shingles/vacc-need-know.htm

Protect yourself against shingles – get vaccinated:

http://cdc.gov/features/shingles/