Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Protect Yourself Against Shingles: Get Vaccinated

Almost one out of three people in America will develop shingles during their lifetime. The disease poses a greater risk to people over age 60. The only way to reduce the risk of developing shingles and the long-term pain that can follow shingles is to get vaccinated.

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease that causes a painful skin rash. In addition, shingles can lead to severe pain that can last for months or even years, a condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia. Shingles can lead to other serious complications as well, including eye problems (when shingles affects the eye) and, more rarely, pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, and brain inflammation (encephalitis). In rare cases, shingles can also lead to death.

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