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Shingles Vaccine Available at these and other fine locations: OSOYOOS

Ambrosia Suzie Q’s Buy Low Ella’s Greek Restaurant Dairy Queen Family Foods Petersen’s Market Elks Hall Shell Husky Sun Valley Dental Centre Waterfront Eyecare Mike’s Barber Shop Pharmasave Bonnie Doon Edward Jones Osoyoos Art Gallery Yore Movie Store Shoppers Drug Mart

OLIVER

Oasis Gas Bar T2 Market Buy Low A&W Super Valu Medicis Gelateria Eastside Grocery Ye Olde Welcome Inn Sabyan Automotive Service & Repair Canadian Tire Amos Realty Pizza Yum Yum’s Crucetti’s Macdonald Realty Oliver Art Gallery Shoppers Drug Mart

OK FALLS

IGA Pharmasave Caitlin’s Dogtown Coffee Co. Heritage Market

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Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After the blisters from chickenpox heal, the virus that caused the chickenpox (the Varicella-zoster virus) remains in the nerve cells of your body. The virus can stay there dormant for many years without causing a problem. However, sometimes for unknown reasons, the virus becomes active again and causes a painful, blistering rash called shingles. The risk for developing shingles increases as you get older, especially over the age of 50, however,shingles can occur at any time with no warning. The effects of an outbreak can be extremely painful and long-lasting, with potentially serious long-term complications. The pain associated with the rash has been described as a burning, throbbing, stabbing or shooting pain which can last for months, or even years after the rash heals. For some, the pain can be excruciating, interfering with normal everyday activities, and even result in a loss of mobility. For most patients, this pain lessens as the rash heals. But,unfortunately, shingles can cause severe pain for months or even years after the shingles rash has healed. This lingering effect is referred to as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN can be a very debilitating condition. Some people report that even a breeze or the touch of clothing brushing against the skin can cause severe pain. Other potentially serious complications from shingles include bacterial skin infections, scarring, a decrease or loss of hearing or vision or muscle paralysis. Some people may need to be hospitalized, and in rare cases, shingles can even result in death. There is no cure for shingles. In recent years, a prescription vaccine for shingles prevention has become available. The vaccine is not indicated to reduce or treat the complications associated with active shingles, but rather to increase the chances of preventing a shingles outbreak in the future. If a person ends up developing shingles despite being vaccinated, the vaccine has been shown to help reduce the intensity and the duration of shingles pain. It is currently under study to evaluate a benefit of re-vaccinating or giving a "booster shot". To date, one vaccine in a lifetime is all that is recommended. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people who have already suffered a previous episode of shingles should still be vaccinated. Their rationale is: shingles can occur more than once in a lifetime; having shingles does not seem to reduce the risk of subsequent shingles episodes; patient history can often be unreliable (misdiagnosis); and no vaccine safety issues are expected in this population. The bottom line is the shingles vaccine cuts the risk of developing shingles by about one half. Even if shingles occur, episodes are found to be milder and there is a reduced risk of postherpetic neuralgia. The shots are in the ballpark of about $200 each. At Skaha Pharmacy we offer vaccination clinics throughout the year. In addition to flu and pneumonia vaccines, we also offer shingles vaccines. Talk to your doctor to see if they feel the shot is right for you, and please call to make an appointment for our next shingles vaccine clinic day.

3030 Skaha Lake Rd Penticton, BC V2A 7H2 (250) 493-8155

Okanagan Sun - April 2012  

Okanagan Sun - April 2012

Okanagan Sun - April 2012  

Okanagan Sun - April 2012

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