Shingles (Zoster)

Shingles (Zoster)

What is Shingles (Zoster)?

Shingles are considered a painful skin rash that is often accompanied by blisters. It many cases, it is just referred to as Herpes Zoster or simply Zoster.

In most cases, shingles will appear on a single side of the body or face and lasts for a period of two to four weeks. The main symptom of shingles is a pain, which is often severe. Other symptoms include a headache, chills, and upset stomach.

Who needs the Shingles (Zoster) vaccination? When?

It is a good idea for anyone over the age of 50 to get this vaccination. Those who also have a medical condition that keeps their immune system from working properly, or who receives immunosuppressive drugs should have the vaccine.

What are the risks of the Shingles (Zoster) vaccine?

In some cases, there may be reactions from the vaccine; however, there have not been any serious issues associated with the shingles vaccination.

Some of the mild issues a person may experience after they receive the vaccination include itching at the injection site, swelling, soreness and redness. About one in 70 people experience a headache.

How can I learn more about the Shingles (Zoster) vaccine?

Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.