Keeping Shingles off....
What is Shingles? How do I keep avoid it?
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease that causes a painful skin rash. Almost one out of three people in America will develop shingles during his or her lifetime. Last year, nearly 1 million Americans experienced the condition. Older people are at greater risk of developing shingles; about half of all cases occur among men and women age 60 years or older. Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, a person with shingles can transmit the virus that causes shingles to others. The only way to reduce the risk of developing shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia, the long-term pain that can follow shingles, is to get vaccinated. At this time, CDC does not have a recommendation for routine use of shingles vaccine in persons 50 through 59 years old. However, the vaccine is approved by FDA for people 50 and older. It is available by prescription from a healthcare professional.