Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Free Shingles Vaccinations at the Delaware County State Health Center


(From our friends at the Delaware County State Health Center and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.)

The PA Department of Health is offering Free Shingles Vaccinations at the Delaware County State Health Center for people over the age of 60. Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles includes a painful skin rash, often with blisters. Other symptoms include headache, fever, chills and upset stomach. Shingles is more common in people 50 years of age and older and occurs in at least one million people a year in the United States. It is also more common in people whose immune systems are weakened because of a disease such as cancer, or drugs such as steroids or chemotherapy. A single dose of the shingles vaccine is recommended for adults 60 years of age and older. If you have questions about the vaccine or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 610-447-3250.

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