Shingles vaccine can ease pain following outbreak

Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox

The shingles vaccine also protects against lingering nerve pain.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in three people will contract shingles. It’s a painful skin rash that usually appears on one side of the body or face.

Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox and anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may develop shingles, even children.

According to the CDC, Some people have a greater risk of getting shingles. This includes people who

  • have medical conditions that keep their immune systems from working properly, such as certain cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and
  • receive immunosuppressive drugs, such as steroids and drugs that are given after organ transplantation.

People who develop shingles typically have only one episode in their lifetime. However, a person can have a second or even a third episode.

Cleveland Clinic Dr. Susan Rehm says the vaccine against shingles contains a weakened chicken pox virus, which primes your immune system to defend against the disease. It also helps prevents something called posttherpetic neuralgia, which is lingering nerve pain following an outbreak of shingles.

The shingles vaccine is one-dose immunization and is recommended for adults 60 years old and older.

 

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