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Shingles (Zoster) Vaccination

You can get the shingles vaccine at MDA. Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as zoster virus. Older people are at a greater risk for developing shingles. The only way to reduce the risk of developing shingles is to get vaccinated.

The shingles vaccine is recommended to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated pain in people age 60 years and older. Your risk for developing shingles increases as you age. Even people who have had shingles can receive the vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a painful skin rash often with blisters that is caused by the (varicella) zoster virus—the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles because the virus remains in the nerve cells of the body after the chickenpox infection clears and the virus can reappear years later causing shingles.

Shingles Risk Factors

Shingles most commonly occurs in people 50 years old or older, people who have medical conditions that keep the immune system from working properly, or people who receive immunosuppressive drugs. Shingles vaccine is recommended to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated pain in people 60 years old or older.

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

Shingles Symptoms

Shingles usually starts as a painful rash on one side of the face or body. Before the rash develops, there is often pain, itching, or tingling in the area where the rash will develop. This may happen anywhere from 1 to 5 days before the rash appears.

The main symptom of shingles is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. Very rarely, a shingles infection can lead to pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation or death.

Learn more about Shingles and Shingles Vaccination at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Contact Us

Medical Diagnostic Associates Infectious disease doctors located in Westfield, New Jersey offer travel consultations, immunizations and medications to help protect you from infectious disease.

Call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the immunizations you need to protect your health. Many older adults are under immunized, missing the opportunity to protect themselves from diseases such as pneumonia, seasonal flu, and the painful shingles infection.

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Office Location

525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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