VNA of Southeast Michigan offers individual
immunizations at its Oak Park office or on-site immunization clinics
for your community organization. To schedule a clinic:
off a form and fax it back to us or
||call (800) 882-5720, ext. 8755
Shingles is a painful
skin rash, often with blisters and usually appears on one side
of the face or body, lasting one week to 10 days. 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 or death. Shingles is also called
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 same virus that causes chickenpox. Only
someone who has had a case of the chickenpox or gotten chickenpox
vaccine can get shingles. The virus stays in your body and can
reappear many years later as shingles.
The Shingles Vaccine
Zostavax®, manufactured by Merck, is the first vaccine developed
to help prevent shingles and reduce the pain associated with it.
Who should receive the Shingles vaccine?
A single does of shingles vaccine is indicated for adults
60 years of age and older.