Camas Swale is Proud to Now Offer Shingrix
As you age, shingles becomes an important disease to avoid. Anyone can be susceptible no matter how healthy you are, which is why we are proud to offer the Shingrix vaccine. If you are at least 50 years old, you may be eligible for the Shingrix vaccination.
What is Shingles?
Shingles is a painful and itchy skin condition that happens when the varicella zoster virus activates (or reactivates) within your body. This same virus causes chickenpox, though unlike chickenpox, shingles typically only occurs in adults ages 50 and over. When activated, a rash and blisters occur on the skin. You can develop shingles on most parts of your body, though it’s most commonly found as a strip that wraps around the left or right side of your torso.
People who have had chickenpox (which is 99% of the population over 50 years of age), are more prone to developing shingles because the virus never leaves the body. As a result, there is no cure for shingles.
Symptoms of Shingles
Common symptoms include:
- Pain, burning, numbness, or tingling of the affected area
- Sensitivity to touch
- A rash that often develops a few days after the initial pain
- Blisters that burst and then crust over
- Itching as the blisters begin to heal
- Headache, fever, or sensitivity to light
How Do I Prevent Shingles?
Adults are particularly prone to shingles if they’ve had chicken pox. Even if you feel fine, 1 out of 3 adults over the age of 50 will develop shingles. Contact us to see if you are eligible for Shingrix. Shingrix is the only FDA approved vaccination that’s over 90% effective in preventing shingles.
Can I Get Shingrix If I’ve Already Had Shingles?
You can! If you’ve had shingles in the past, this vaccination can be used to help prevent future outbreaks of the disease. It’s advised to wait until any occurring rash has disappeared before you get the vaccination, but otherwise there isn’t a set amount of time to wait.
Are There Side Effects of Shingrix?
There is a possibility of short-term side effects to getting the vaccine.
- Sore, red, or swollen arm where the shot was administered
- Muscle pain
- Nausea or upset stomach
These side effects should last no longer than 2-3 days. If you experience side effects, report them to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) or talk to your doctor.
It’s no secret that shingles is no fun, but with proper attention and care, you may be able to reduce your risk or completely avoid shingles with the Shingrix vaccine.
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