June 1, 2011

Shingles 101: A Public Service Message

By Stephen N. Maskaleris

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out a seven-point program to inform the public about shingles, a painful and miserable medical condition. They want us to know:

•  One in three Americans will contract shingles

•  One million new cases occur each year

•  It only strikes people who have had chicken pox

•  Risks and complications rise with age

•  Symptoms include a blistery rash and nerve pain

•  It can cause vision and hearing damage

•  The vaccine cuts risk by about half

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