Need for immunization against Shingles

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Dr. Judith McKenzie reminds her patients of the need to be immunized against shingles.

Shingles is a painful blistering rash that follows a nerve pathway. It is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox.

If you had chickenpox as a child, you are at risk for shingles later in life. Adults age 50 and older are candidates for the shingles shot to reduce the likelihood of developing shingles by 45-70 percent.

Discuss with your doctor whether vaccination against shingles is right for you.

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