Shingles is a skin rash that is characterized by painful blisters and comes from the same virus that causes chickenpox. Even though a person has had chickenpox, the shingles virus can still develop. The virus stays dormant in the nerve cells until the immune system becomes weakened and the virus reactives.
Therefore, the shingles vaccine is highly recommended for people over 60, even if they have already had shingles. To reduce your risk, a vaccine is administered to boost the immune system and help protect against the virus. Ask your doctor or give us a call at 805-495-1015 if you have any questions.