What is Shingles?

Shingles is a blistering and painful rash that is caused by the same virus as chicken pox. This virus can lay dormant in nerve cells for years, then become active again as you get older and cause shingles. In addition to nerve pain, shingles can lead to other problems, such as:

• Scarring
• Skin Infections
• Weakness
• Loss of hearing or vision

If you are 50 years of age or older and have had chicken pox in the past, then you should protect yourself by getting the shingles vaccine. You can also receive the vaccine if you are unsure if you ever had chicken pox or if you have had shingles before.

Talk to your Value Drug Mart or Apple Drugs pharmacist about getting vaccinated today!