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people 60 years old and older get shingles. Reduce your risk.
What is Shingles?
- Shingles is a disease that causes a painful, blistering rash. One in five people with shingles will have severe, long-term pain after the rash heals.
- Almost all older adults can get shingles. About one in three people will develop the disease during their lifetime.
- Shingles is more common and more serious in older adults. Nearly 1 million Americans get shingles every year and about half of them are 60 years and older.
Who is at risk for Shingles?
- If you've had chickenpox, you are at risk of shingles. And 98% of adults in the U.S. have had chickenpox.
- You are at greater risk for shingles as you get older.
- Shingles can strike at any time and it can be painful.
Why get Vaccinated?
- The vaccination is recommended for people 60 years and older. NYS Pharmacists may administer shots to adults 50 and older.
- The vaccine, Zostavax, reduces the risk of shingles. Studies show that the vaccine reduces the risk of developing shingles by about 50%.
- For those who still may get shingles, it reduces the severity of symptoms.
Call or stop by your local Kinney Drugs in to learn more about getting your Shingles Vaccination.
* Information courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention