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Shingles clinic May 23

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McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has scheduled a shingles clinic for Wednesday, May 23, from 8:30am-11:30am, at its Woodstock office, 2200 N Seminary Avenue. Appointments are required at 815-334-4536. Pricing has been reduced to $175 (cash, check or credit card accepted). The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends anyone 60 years of age or older should get the “one time” vaccination for shingles, regardless of whether they recall having had chickenpox or not. Studies show that more than 99% of Americans ages 40 and older have had chickenpox, even if they don’t remember getting the disease.

Shingles is a painful skin rash often accompanied by blisters appearing on one side of the body. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body in a dormant (inactive) state and can reactivate years later, causing shingles. The pain from shingles can last for months or even years, after the rash goes away.

The risk of developing shingles increases as a person gets older. About half of all cases occur among men and women 60 years old or older. Even if you have had shingles, you can still receive the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. There is no specific time that you must wait after having shingles before receiving the shingles vaccine. Shingles is not contagious; however, a person who has never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine could get chickenpox from someone with shingles.

The decision on when to get vaccinated should be made with your health care provider. Visit the CDC for more information on shingles and the vaccine.

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