Pinehurst Medical News

Shingles Information

As you get older, you may be at greater risk for Shingles — even if you’re feeling great.

Even if you’re doing everything your doctor recommends, the painful, blistering rash of Shingles can happen to you. Because your immune system can weaken as you age, it’s easier for Shingles to break through your defenses.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict when the Shingles rash will erupt, or how severe the outbreak will be. But when Shingles happens, it can be very painful. Here are the important facts:

  • If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk for Shingles. And 98% of adults in the U.S. have had chickenpox.
  • Your risk for Shingles increases substantially as you get older.
  • Shingles can strike at any time.

That’s why it’s so important for you to learn more about your risk.