Shingles a problem for many
Originally published June 19, 2013 at 6 a.m., updated June 18, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.
Shingles is a rash on one side of the face or body that is
sometimes blister-like and often very painful. The rash is typically on one side of the body and in a band-like pattern. Along with severe pain, some other symptoms may include fever, headache, chills, and upset stomach.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus remains dormant (asleep) in your body and reappears later as shingles.
Someone who never had chickenpox, will not get shingles. Persons aged 50 and older are more affected by shingles along with those who have weaker immune systems. The disease typically affects approximately one million people each year.
A shingles vaccination called Zostavax is available as a
single dose. If you are at risk and are over the age of 60, talk to your healthcare provider to see if a dose is recommended. The Moniteau County Health Center has started administering the shingles vaccine. For patients interested in receiving the vaccination, Zostavax may be covered under their Medicare Part D plan, but anyone who qualifies may receive the
vaccination. Please contact our office at 573-796-3412 if you have any questions or to check pricing and availability.
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