Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, but it’s not contagious like chickenpox. It causes a painful skin rash, usually with blisters, and possibly fever, headache, chills, or upset stomach. The older you get the higher the probability of getting Shingles becomes, and what’s worse is the risk of complications also increases. The most common issue is a long-term nerve pain called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). This can last months and possibly even years after the rash disappears. This pain can be severe and debilitating.
We recommend any adult 50 years and older schedule to get immunized against Shingles. Also, if you are 19 years and older with a weakened immune system because of disease or treatments, please give us a call or talk with your health care provider to see if you should go ahead and get this immunization.
Many health care providers don’t keep the shingles vaccine in stock. We are your local option, many times we are able to offer you more payment options than other locations or it may actually be free for you.
We do! We’ve found many people don’t know that we are here for everyone in the Pennyrile district. Note, that we’re not called the “sick” department, our main goal is to help prevent infections and diseases so you live your healthiest life. We serve every member of the community, regardless of age or income. We have a variety of cancer screenings, immunizations offered and general health tests to ensure you’re staying on track with your health. Learn more about what we offer adults, here.