Weekly Health Tips
Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. The virus stays dormant in the nerve cells of the body and can reappear years later causing shingles. The CDC recommends the shingles vaccine for patients 60 and older. Studies show the vaccine may reduce the risk of shingles by 51%. It is not recommended for people who have a severe allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of the shingles vaccine. Also, people with weakened immune systems should refrain, as well as pregnant women.