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When Getting Your Flu Shot, Don’t Forget Shingles

shinglesThought you were through with chicken pox? Maybe not. According to medicinenet.com, over 1,000,000 Americans get shingles every year, most of them over 60. Shingles is a skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox and lies dormant in your body. Shingles can be brought on by stress or immune deficiencies.

We’ve all seen the commercials. Shingles are very painful. Symptons might begin with a headache or flu-like symptoms such as achiness, but without a fever. Shingles normally affect just one side of your body. You might eventually get a rash that will turn into blisters that can last up to six weeks.

If you’re over age 50, the shingles vaccine may help you avoid getting shingles. And if you’ve had shingles, the shingles vaccine may help prevent a recurrence. www.webmd.com

You can’t catch shingles from someone else who has shingles. But a person with a shingles rash can spread chickenpox to another person who hasn’t had chickenpox and who hasn’t gotten the chickenpox vaccine.

There is no cure for shingles, but there are treatments in the form of antiviral medicines, creams and pain medicines. See your doctor if you experience symptoms of shingles. UBM

One Response to “When Getting Your Flu Shot, Don’t Forget Shingles”

  1. Gary Horton says:

    I recently got the Flu shot, Shingles shot and phneumonia shot at the same time. My arm was so sore the next 5 days that I couldn’t raise it and was very ill the next two days. Be careful. I’d advise one at a time.