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What is Shingles (Herpes Zoster)?
Shingles is a painful localized skin rash often with blisters that is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles because VZV remains in the nerve cells of the body after the chickenpox infection clears and VZV can reappear years later causing shingles. Shingles most commonly occurs in people 50 years old or older, people who have medical conditions that keep the immune system from working properly, or people who receive immunosuppressive drugs.
The Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccine
Shingles vaccine, Zostavax™, is recommended by the NACI to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated pain in people 60 years of age or older and may be used in adults aged 50 years and older.
So, if you are asking yourself, “Where do I get the Shingles Vaccine?” schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health clinic.