Since 2008 the Springfield-Greene County Health Department has received grant funding from the Greene County Senior Citizen Service Fund Board to fund a Shingles vaccination program for Greene County residents over 60 years old.
Educational sessions are scheduled throughout the county at locations or event where seniors are likely to gather. Following these sessions qualifying individuals wishing to get the vaccination can sign up for a future vaccination date.
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. This outbreak usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts from 2 - 4 weeks. Its main symptom is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms of Shingles can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. Rarely Shingles can lead to pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation or death. For 1 in 5, severe pain can continue even after the rash clears up. This is called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN).
Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Only someone who has had chickenpox, or gotten the chickenpox vaccine, can get Shingles.
You cannot catch Shingles from another person with Shingles. However, a person who has never had chickenpox can get chickenpox from someone with Shingles. This is not very common.
Shingles is far more common in people over 50 years old and people with weakened immune systems. At least one million people in the US get Shingles annually.