If you've ever had the chicken pox, the shingles virus could be lingering in your body.
“It’s caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
If you’ve had chicken pox growing up, most of us have, you can develop shingles later in life.” Health Department Assistant Corey Kirkland said.
It usually develops in people 50 or older, who may have compromised immune systems.
However young healthy people can also be affected in rare cases.
According to CDC we see a million cases every year in the u.s. as a whole and that generally comes out to one in every three people.
It usually starts with a rash on one side of the body, and then spreads.
“You develop blisters much like chickenpox. They are going to itch. They are going to be sore and after the blisters disappear, there can be some lingering pain.” Kirkland said.
And Kirkland says the easiest way to avoid getting the virus is to get the vaccine that has become more available this year.
Primary insurance should be able to cover it, Medicare is covering this as well. You do have to have your prescription to get the vaccine.
Kirkland says being proactive can keep you healthy.
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