What is shingles?
Shingles is a painful, blistering rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. For most people, the pain lessens as the rash heals. In some cases people may experience long-term nerve pain that can last for months or even years (postherpetic neuralgia).
Are you at risk?
98% of adults in the United States are at risk for shingles because they have had chickenpox. The risk for shingles increases substantially with age. Adults 60 years of age or older are more likely to get shingles, experience severe pain from the disease, and develop post herpetic neuralgia.
How can you reduce your risk?
The only way to reduce your risk of developing shingles is to get vaccinated. Adults 60 years of age or older can receive a single dose of the shingles vaccine (Zostavax*).
What is Zostavax®?
Zostavax® is an FDA-approved vaccine that helps prevent shingles in patients 50 years of age and older. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends certain adults
60 years of age and older be vaccinated with Zostavax® to help prevent Shingles. Zostavax® does not protect everyone; some individuals who get the vaccine may still develop shingles.
What do you need to do to get vaccinated?
The process is convenient and easy. No prescription or appointment is necessary!
Will your insurance cover the shingles vaccine?
Zostavax® is covered by many private insurance plans. We would be happy to provide you with your individual copay information.