1. What is Shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash usually on one side of the face or body. It is also called Herpes Zoster or Zoster. 1 person out of 5 with shingles can develop persistent chronic pain called postherpetic neuralgia. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After infection, this virus stays in the body and can trigger shingles many years later as the person gets older or develops a weaker immune systems.
2. What does the Shingles Vaccine do?
This vaccine has been shown to decrease the risk of shingles by 50%. The CDC recommends that adults over 60 years old receive one dose of this vaccine.
3. Who should not get the vaccine?
· Patients who have ever had an allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other components of the shingles vaccine.
· Patients with a weakened immune system because of leukemia, lymphoma, AIDs, cancer treatment, or medications that affect the immune system, like high dose steroids
4. What are the risks of the vaccine?
Vaccines, like any medicine, could possibly cause serious problems like allergic reactions. However the risk of a vaccine causing serious harm or death is very small.
5. How do I get more information?
Speak to your doctor or other health care providers. Contact the CDC 1-800-232-4636 or go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines
6. Where do I go for shingles vaccine in NYC?
This vaccine is not carried by our hospital. By getting a prescription from your doctor, you can receive the vaccine at:
· Rite Aide 4046 (170th) Broadway 212-928-2550
The cost of the vaccine varies by your insurance plan so bring your insurance cards.
This informational page is a summary of the CDC handout on Shingles Vaccine. AIM Clinic 9/12/11