7 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SHINGLES: 1 - Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles. Shingles is the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, which usually stays dormant within the body for many years. 2 - Shingles can be mild or very serious. Complications and pain can last for years. 3. Shingles is associated with aging and reduced immunity. 4.Shingles cases in the US are increasing over time. The reasons for this trend are not known. 5. There is a shingles vaccine that is about 50% effective. If you get shingles after getting the vaccine, it should be more mild than if you had not gotten the vaccine. 6. Shingles is not contagious as shingles. But a child or adult who touches shingles blisters in the active stage may get chickenpox. 7. If you think you are getting shingles, try to get the antivirals right away. They are most effective within the first 72 hours.
QUESTION: Are you at risk of shingles? ANSWER: Did you ever have chickenpox? If yes, then you are at risk of shingles. Are you an older adult or is your general immunity low? Your risk is higher. The CDC recommends the shingles vaccine for age 60 and above.