What is Shingles? (CDC.com)
About 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox.
The virus is most common in people 50 years and older. Most people who develop shingles have only one episode during their lifetime. However, you can have shingles more than once.
- Burning sensation
*Raised red rash which usually appears a few days after the pain (Multiple blisters which appear in a stripe pattern)
People At Increased Risk For Shingles:
- Have medical conditions that keep their immune systems from working properly, such as certain cancers like
- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Receive drugs that keep their immune systems from working properly, such as
- drugs that are given after organ transplantation
How is Shingles Prevented?
Recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV, Shingrix) is recommended to prevent shingles in adults 50 and older. Shingrix is licensed in the United States and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to prevent shingles and its complications. 2 Shots, 2-6 months appart are recommended for full protection.
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