PDDH Offers Shingrix, The New Shingles Vaccine

PDDH Offers Shingrix, The New Shingles Vaccine

The Pomperaug District Department of Health is offering the new shingles vaccination called Shingrix at its weekly vaccination clinics, held every Tuesday, at the Health District office, 77 Main Street North, Playhouse Corner in Southbury. Appointments are required. To receive the vaccine at the Pomperaug Health District a person must be at least 50 years old AND be enrolled in Medicare Part D.

Shingrix is a vaccine for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) in adults aged 50 years and older. It is a two-shot series and delivers over 90% efficacy against shingles in those 50 years and older. The CDC recommends Shingrix over the Zostavax vaccine for the prevention of herpes zoster and related complications. A person who has previously received the Zostavax vaccine will likely benefit from receiving the Shingrix vaccine if it has been at least 2 months since Zostavax has been administered.

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash. It is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. The virus remains in the body in an inactive state. As a person gets older and their immune system weakens, the virus can reactivate as shingles, even if a person is healthy and active. Shingles is most common in persons 50 years and older. It is possible to get shingles more than once.

For more information, and to make an appointment, call the Pomperaug Health District at 203-264-9616, ext. 0. Information is also available at the Health District website: www.pddh.org.