Our flu and shingles vaccination service is one more example of The Medicine Shoppe's promise to help you care for your health and your family’s health with confidence.
Influenza is a contagious virus that spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache and muscle aches. While other illnesses have the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza, only the influenza virus can cause influenza. Each year, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized, and 36,000 people die, from flu-related complications. Most of these deaths occur in the elderly, young children, or people with certain health conditions.
SHINGLES (HERPES ZOSTER)
Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Only someone who had chickenpox, or was vaccinated for chickenpox, can get shingles. The virus can stay in your body without causing symptoms, then reappear many years later to cause shingles. Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It is also called Herpes Zoster. The rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and can last 2-4 weeks. The main symptom is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. Shingles is far more common in people 50 and older than in younger people. At least 1 million people a year in the United States get shingles.