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Polk Health Dept. Offering Shingles Vaccine

Jul 05, 2013 -- 2:21pm

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

Polk County health officials are encouraging local residents age 60 and older to fight back against a virus which has gained considerable recognition in recent years: shingles.

Research from the Centers for Disease Control now says one out of every three people in the U.S. will contract shingles at some point during their lives. Anyone who has had chicken pox is automatically at risk to contract the disease since the virus remains in the body but goes dormant, often for decades, inside nerve cells.  

Known for creating a painful rash on its victims, shingles cases are most prevalent in people age 60 and older. With that in mind, the shingles vaccine ‘Zostavax’ is being made available through the Polk County Health Department and is recommended even for those who have already had shingles in the past.

Those interested in receiving the vaccine are asked to call 770-749-2270. You must be at least 60 years old to qualify.

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