If you think shingles is something that only older people get, think again. My daughter got shingles in her early 30's, and believe me, they're not very damn fun. Shingles is actually a viral infection. It's a painful rash that usually wraps itself around the left or right side of your midsection. My daughter wasn't so lucky, she got hers right on her tush! It made sitting comfortably very difficult. The rash is usually very sensitive to the touch, is painful, and they have a burning sensation. Sometimes blisters will appear. Oh, and there will be some itching! You might also have a fever, headache, and feel tired. Sometimes the rash can appear near your eye, and that needs to be treated by a doctor right away. Interestingly, the shingles are produced by the same virus that causes chickenpox. You would think that if you had chickenpox, you would now be immune to shingles. But it works exactly the opposite! If you had chickenpox then you can develop shingles. So if you got chickenpox as a kid, the shingles virus can remain dormant in your system for decades.

The Benton-Franklin Health District will be offering curbside shingles vaccinations beginning next week in Kennewick. They will be delivering the shots to people 50 and older on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For all the details click HERE. Read more about shingles from the Mayo Clinic HERE. You do have to wait 2 weeks after a Covid shot to get your shingles vaccination.

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