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Post Date:01/22/2018

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Public Service Announcement

Shingles causes a painful, blistering skin rash.  Almost 1 out of 3 people in the United States will develop shingles during their lifetime.  Nearly 1 million Americans experience the condition each year.  Your risk of shingles increases as you get older.  Shingles vaccine protects against this painful disease.  About half of all shingles cases occur in people age 60 years or older.

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox.  After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body.  For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later and cause shingles.

Kings County Public Health officials encourage adults age 50 and older to receive a shingles shot.  The vaccine is available by in doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and at the health department.   Vaccination is the only way to reduce your risk of shingles.  The shingles vaccine is covered by many types of insurance.

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) website has information regarding people who should not get shingles vaccine at

Even if you have had shingles, you can still receive shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.

The Health Department is committed to keeping the people of Kings County protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.  Please call the Health Department at (559) 584-1401 if you have any questions.

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