If you know anyone who’s ever had shingles, you know it’s no fun. Shingles is an outbreak of a rash or blisters that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It’s typically found in one area of the body, often near the waistline. There is a vaccine against shingles, and this past March the FDA extended its vaccination recommendation to include those age 50 and older. Previously the recommendation was age 60 and older.
Get Healthy’s Jackie Hays talks with James Jennings, M.D., with Norton Medical Associates – Brownsboro about shingles and the vaccine.
Dr. Jennings with Norton Medical Associates – Brownsboro says you can call your health insurance provider and ask when and if it covers the shingles vaccine. Even if you get the shingles after you’ve had the vaccine, the symptoms are usually less severe. If you need a primary care physician, call (502) 629-1234 for a referral.