Shingles is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox - the varicella-zoster virus. The first sign of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, and sometimes numbness or itching in one particular location on only one side of the body. Some people may just experience itching, but others may have pain and extreme discomfort. The most common location for shingles is a band, called a dermatome, spanning one side of the body around the waistline.
Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for shingles. As you grow older, the risk of getting shingles increases.
The Chester County Health Department provides Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine for persons 50 years and older even if you don't have a history of shingles disease. The vaccine is available for a nominal fee. Visit one of our weekly walk-in clinics, or call 610-344-6252 for more information.