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The Facts About Shingles

Published by Nicole Porter on

We’re back this week with more info on the vaccines you should know about. Today, we will be shifting our focus to shingles and how you can help prevent this painful viral infection.

1 in 3 adults in the US will get shingles in their lifetime, and the risk increases as they age. Shingles is a viral infection that can cause a painful rash and nerve pain lasting for months or even years. It’s caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, and while there is no cure, there’s a safe and effective vaccine called Shingrix that can help prevent shingles and its complications. If you’re 50 or older or over 19 with a weakened immune system, talk to your healthcare provider about getting the vaccine to reduce your risk.

To learn more about shingles, including symptoms, treatment, and prevention, the National Institutes of Health has created an informative factsheet that we’ve shared below. We encourage you to take a moment to review this information and share it with family members who could benefit from the vaccine. Remember, prevention is the best medicine!

Stay tuned for more info from VEAP!

For more information about Shingles and the Shingles vaccine visit:

About Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles Vaccination