Could You Be at Risk for Shingles?

If we were to create a list of strange names for diseases, the shingles virus would likely top that list. The name of the disease conjures up an image of a person with painful layered scales growing out of his skin. In actuality, shingles, also known as the herpes zoster virus, is a very painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox in younger people. If you’ve ever had chickenpox, unfortunately you are now at risk for also contracting shingles, usually as an older adult. The risk of developing shingles increases with age; as many as half of all adults are diagnosed with the shingles virus by age 80. As many as an estimated one million cases of shingles in the United States a

Immunization Checkup for Seniors

As summer winds down, parents are busy shopping for school supplies, checking last year’s clothing to see what still fits, scheduling appointments for physical and dental exams, and, more often than not, subjecting them to vaccinations. But back-to-school season isn’t just a time for school kids to endure those dreaded shots. At this time of year, adults also need to get in on the act, especially those over the age of 60. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), adults over the age of 60 should be up to date on a number of vaccinations. To ensure you or your senior loved ones are receiving the best possible senior care, make sure vaccinations are current for: Infl

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