If you have had Chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. About 95% of Canadian adults have had chickenpox. The same virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. The virus stays in your body and can later become active again as shingles. You cannot catch shingles from someone who has it. You can, however, catch chicken pox by direct contact with a shingle’s lesion.
Shingles infections or Herpes Zoster (Zoster) infections will strike nearly 1 in 3 people during their lifetime. Zoster is a painful, blistering rash that usually occurs on one side of the body along the path of a nerve and can last for several weeks. Approximately 20% of those infected can develop a debilitating nerve pain from this infection which persists long after the lesions have healed. Zoster may also infect the eye in 10 to 25% of cases.
If you are over 50 years old, you at increased risk. As you age your immune system weakens and your chance of developing shingles increases.
Vaccination (Zostavax) is the best protection against shingles and its complications. The vaccination is recommended for people age 60 and older. Zostavax is approximately 65% effective in preventing shingles. Vaccination also reduces the intensity and duration of pain if infected.
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