What is shingles?
Shingles, a painful and sometimes debilitating nerve inflammation and blistering skin rash, is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox is susceptible to it many years later. Signs and symptoms include a very painful/sensitive rash (usually wraps around the back to the front of body), fluid filled blisters that can break open and crust over, itching, sensitivity to touch, pain/numbness/burning, fatigue, headache, fever and sensitivity to light.
New vaccination now available
Zostavax®, the shingles vaccination in use since 2006, is a one-dose, live vaccination for adults 50 years of age and older and reduces the risk of developing shingles by about 51-70 percent. Until now, Zostavax has been the only vaccine choice for the prevention of shingles.
Standard ACA coverage for preventive services effective February 1, 2018