If you’re older, you may want to consider getting a shingles vaccine. Rite Aid offers shingles shots at all locations.
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What is shingles?
Shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that can last for months. The disease is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox in the past, the virus can live in your body for many years without causing symptoms. When the virus becomes active again, as it sometimes does later in life, it can give you shingles.
The main symptom of shingles is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms include fever, headache, chills, and upset stomach. If you've had chickenpox, you can get shingles at any time, without warning. There's no way to predict if you will get it or how severe your case could be.
Each year, an estimated one million cases of shingles are reported in the United States. Almost half of these cases occur in older adults. According to the CDC, approximately one in three people will experience shingles in their lifetime.
What is the shingles vaccine?
Zostavax® is a vaccine that can help prevent shingles. It is given as a single shot and used to help prevent the disease in older adults. The sooner you get vaccinated, the better your chances of protecting yourself from shingles.
Zostavax® cannot be used to treat Shingles, or the nerve pain that shingles may cause. Talk to your healthcare professional to see if Zostavax® is right for you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that older adults get the vaccine.
While no medication can cure shingles, medication can reduce the risk of complications and lessen the intensity of the pain associated with the disease if it is diagnosed early.