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Protect yourself from Shingles – Get Vaccinated!

Tina Ho

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Jun 30th, 2017

Pharmacy - Shingles Vaccination-- Active seniors

Shingles is an extremely painful rash that can lead to even more severe complications in older adults[i].  What if there was a vaccine that could reduce your chances of getting shingles by more than 50% and, perhaps more importantly, reduce the severity of complications from this disease? With a single shingles vaccination, you can protect yourself from this preventable disease.

Shingles is a painful disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles usually includes a painful rash with blisters that can occur anywhere on your body, even the face and eyes.[ii]

The main symptom of shingles is severe pain. Some people have compared it with the pain of kidney stones.

The best way to prevent shingles and its serious complications is to get vaccinated. It is possible to get the disease more than once, so it is recommended you get the shingles shot if you are age 60 years or older, even if you’ve already had shingles[iii].

Take charge of your health and ensure you are immunized against shingles. Stay healthy and consult your local friendly Albertsons pharmacist to see if you are eligible for the shingles vaccine.

Available vaccinations vary by location and are subject to state law restrictions. See pharmacist for details.

REFERENCES

[i] https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/index.html

[ii] http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4414.pdf

[iii] http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4414.pdf

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