Today, I received my Shingles vaccination at my local pharmacy. In taking this step, I consulted with my doctor and read all the literature. Here is what I know about Shingles. Perhaps you'll find this information of benefit if you are currently over 60 or near that age.
What is Shingles?
Shingles is a very painful condition that is caused by the same virus that caused chickenpox back when we were little guys. Shingles appears as a rash that quickly turns into blisters filled with fluid. This rash is typically painful, very sensitive to touch, and can last a few days to a few weeks. However, the pain associated with this rash can continue for weeks to years after the rash disappears. In some severe cases, even eyesight can be affected, if the blisters and rashes occur in that area.
According to my doctor, almost everyone over the age of 60 should receive this vaccine. The vaccine decreases the risk of the shingles and severity of the symptoms if you do get the shingles.
In the days and weeks to come, it is my intent to post photos and share my many rich and fulfilling Arizona experiences. Hopefully, this blog will engender and create an interest on the part of the reader to know more about the diversity of the "Grand Canyon State" and possibly visit. (November 23rd, 2009)
I was born and raised in the cold country of Minnesota. After spending thirty seven years in education, retirement in Arizona was my answer. Today, my interests and passions include traveling, playing tennis and being with my grandchildren.