Elderly usually encounter shingles virus
Its a rite of passage as a child -- getting the chickenpox. But as an adult that means you're at risk for getting shingles.
News 5 checked with Dr. Gratt Correll and learned shingles is not a seasonal virus, and it is usually found in elderly patients.
Symptoms include aches, pains, fever, and then a painful rash that spreads. News 5 learned nowadays children are safe because they're vaccinated for chickenpox.
Doctors hope shingles will soon be a virus of the past. "Currently the recommendations are to vaccinate everybody age 60 and above with the shingles vaccine. You get it once and it lasts your entire lifetime," said Dr. Correll.
News 5 also learned nearly one in three adults in the U.S. will develop shingles according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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