The same virus that causes chickenpox can also cause shingles. If you’ve ever had chickenpox, this virus is already inside you. Shingles cause a painful rash that appears on one side of the body. It can result in intense pain that lasts for years, and it might even cause eye damage. Because of the risk of these serious complications, family medicine doctors urge their patients to have the shingles vaccine.
Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if you should get the shingles vaccine. Currently, it’s recommended for adults ages 50 and older. The newest shingles vaccine, which was approved for use in 2017, should be given in two separate doses spaced two to six months apart.
Shingles are one of the many conditions we treat here at Paramount Urgent Care, and we also offer preventive medical services, including vaccines, in our walk-in clinics near Orlando. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.