You are at risk for shingles if you have ever had the chickenpox virus. However, if you have had the chickenpox and if you are 50 years old or older, have had recent surgery, have a high stress level, are taking certain medications for cancer, have an immune suppressing disease, or have had an organ transplant, you are at an even greater risk and may want to consider the Zostavax Vaccine.
The virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. If you have ever had the chickenpox, you are at risk for the shingles because the chickenpox virus never leaves your body once you've had it, instead it remains in your nervous system and can come back as the Shingles virus. Shingles can cause a painful blistering rash, fever, itching, tingling, burning, upset stomach, and headaches, and can possibly cause long term nerve pain.
Zostavax is not a treatment for Shingles, it is a vaccine to help reduce your risk for getting Shingles. Zostavax is used for adults who are 50 years old or older and does not protect everyone. You should not get the Zostavax vaccine if you are allergic to any of its contents including gelatin or neomycin, have a weakened immune system, take high doses of steroids, or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Zostavax does not prevent chickenpox. Talk to your doctor today about your risk and whether Zostavax will benefit you.
For more information regarding Davies Zostavax Vaccine Clinics please call (330) 454-5151.