Understanding The Shingles Vaccine

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Learn More About SHingles Prevention.

Our Nurse Practitioners will help you understand the Shingles Vaccine and if it is right for you. 

Shingles

Shingles is the name commonly used for herpes zoster, an infection that shows up as a painful skin rash with blisters, usually on part of one side of the body (left or right), often in a strip. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus.

What is my risk?    

Although any person who has had chickenpox can get shingles, most people who do so are older than 50 or have a weakened immune system. For example, a person might be susceptible if they have cancer, take medicines that weaken their immune system, or have HIV or AIDS, even if they are younger than 50.

 

Recommendations

Get vaccinated. Speak with our healthcare professionals to understand whether vaccination is right for you.

How is it transmitted?         

People get shingles when the virus that causes chicken pox, varicella zoster, is reactivated in their body. The varicella zoster virus doesn't leave the body, even after a person has recovered from chicken pox. It can flare up again, causing shingles, often many years after a person has had chicken pox. The virus tends to reactivate when a person's immune system is weakened because of another health problem.

What are the symptoms?

People with shingles often experience pain, tingling or itching and then a painful rash. The rash can occur anywhere on the body, although it is usually in one strip on the right or left side of the body. The rash consists of groups of small, fluid-filled blisters that dry, scab over, and heal (like chickenpox) in a few weeks. Healing is usually complete, but some people may be left with scars.

Can shingles be treated?

Shingles is often treated with antiviral medication to reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms. 

Recommendations

Get vaccinated. Speak with our healthcare professionals to understand whether vaccination is right for you.


Vaccination Consultation Details

Our consultations typically last about 30 minutes and include a comprehensive review of your vaccination and medical history. Our Nurse Practitioners will discuss recommendations and requirements based on medical history. Our consultation rooms are private and comfortable. You can usually schedule an appointment on short notice and we will do our best to accommodate you after hours.

As a one-stop medicine clinic, Summit Travel Health carries all private vaccines necessary to immunize against common and exotic illness. We pride ourselves on being vaccination experts and delivering best-in-class medical solutions to our customers.