A Painful Debilitating Illness
Shingles is an old fashioned name for a painful debilitating illness. In the short term, shingles is painful and can be disfiguring. It often attacks the face and eyes. About one in five people with shingles will suffer long term nerve damage which can cause excruciating and unrelenting pain for months and even years. Treatment options are limited for this condition. Learn more about Shingles and Complications.

One Out of Three Americans Will Have Shingles
The risk of getting shingles is much greater than is generally realized. One out of three Americans will have shingles at some time in their lives. There are an estimated 1 million cases each year in the United States. For people who live to be 85, the lifetime risk of getting shingles is 50%. The risk increases with age. Learn more about the Risk of Shingles.

The Value of Shingles Vaccination
Fortunately, there is a vaccine available for shingles. This website provides information about the Shingles Vaccine which is currently approved for people over 50 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Shingles vaccination is costly (usually $200-$300), and insurance coverage isn’t as available as it is for many vaccines. The shingles vaccine isn’t 100% effective, but it significantly decreases the risk of getting shingles and reduces the pain and complications for cases which still occur.

As you read the quotes and view the Videos on this website, consider how you would cope with an extended period of pain and suffering without being able to work or drive. The shingles vaccine significantly reduces this risk.

Shingles Prevention Advocate does not practice medicine, and no information presented on this website is medical advice or intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician.

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"It was ghastly, the worst possible pain anyone could have, I've had babies and that hurts a lot, but at least it goes away. This pain never let up."

New York Times Article - June, 2010