Welcome to the shingles section of the Washington Travel Clinic website. This page contains valuable information on shingles and how to prevent it.
The shingles vaccine is available at the Washington Travel Clinic. The cost for the shingles vaccine (Shingrix®) is $200/dose. There is no additional charge for the visit. Two doses are needed. The second dose is given 2 to 6 months after the first one. For an easy online appointment, please click here. Also visit our Homepage for more information about the full spectrum of our services.
What is shingles:
Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It is also called Herpes Zoster. A shingles rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts from 2 to 4 weeks. Its main symptom is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms of shingles can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. Very rarely, a shingles infection can lead to pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation (encephalitis) or death. For about 1 person in 5, severe pain can continue even after the rash clears up. This is called post-herpetic neuralgia.
Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Only someone who has had a case of chickenpox – or gotten chickenpox vaccine – can get shingles. The virus stays in your body. It can reappear many years later to cause a case of shingles.
You can’t catch shingles from another person with shingles. However, a person who has never had chickenpox (or chickenpox vaccine) could get chickenpox from someone with shingles. This is not very common though. Shingles is far more common in people 50 and older than in younger people. It is also more common in people whose immune system is weakened because of a disease such as cancer, or drugs such as steroids or chemotherapy. At least 1 million people a year in the United States get shingles.
Who should get the vaccine:
The CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of Shingrix, 2 to 6 months apart. Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and the nerve pain that results from it. Shingrix is preferred over Zostavax®, a shingles vaccine in use since 2006.
Click here for more information about shingles from the CDC website.