HagHealth: Shingles

Posted: August 25, 2011 in health

I went and got a shingles vaccine today, apparently bucking an unfortunate trend of 60+ people ignoring or avoiding getting the shot. (The recommended age has been lowered to 50, so I didn’t have to show an ID or anything. I must LOOK 50+…) If you’ve never encountered anyone with shingles, which is somehow related to the chicken pox virus, here’s a restrained example and link from the NYTimes:

Trust me, there are far worse examples out there. The nasty thing about this little disorder it that, as painful and unsightly as it is when you have the lesions, the pain frequently continues — sometimes indefinitely — even after the rash is gone. I’ve had several friends and family members come down with it, and they were MISERABLE.

Good news: It’s preventable. And, with a little luck and a decent health care provider, it won’t cost you anything. I even got a princess band aid!

Go get one. That’s an order.

  1. notquiteold says:

    Did not even know there was a vaccine. Thanks.

  2. Julee says:

    I had a friend who had Shingles and his description of the condition had me getting the Shingles vaccination post haste. It was a hassle since it is expensive and so my doctor did not keep it on hand. Had to get a prescription and go to a drug store to get the shot. I had chicken pox when I was little and remember how miserable that was. I feel good knowing I was proactive about this.

  3. Jan says:

    Thanks for spreading the news: my doctor told me to go get one about 2 years ago which I did immediately – medicare covers it totally, but don’t wait if you’re not there yet. Several of my friends have it and they are driven crazy with outbreaks – like my cats when I forget the CapStar and they get flea ridden – only there’s no treatment for it once you begin having outbreaks. If you had chickenpox as a child, you need this vaccine!
    Also, remember that there is a pneumonia vaccine, too.

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