Shingles, Pneumococcal Disease, and Flu: Are You at Risk for Any of These Diseases?
1 in 3 people will get Shingles in their lifetime.
- If you’ve had chickenpox, the Shingles virus is already inside you.
- The virus that causes chickenpox never leaves your body. Instead, it stays in your nervous system, and can re-emerge and cause the Shingles rash.
- Your risk for Shingles increases as you get older.
- The Shingles rash can last up to 30 days.
- The risk for pneumococcal disease increases for those 50 and older.
- Certain medical conditions can also increase the risk for developing invasive pneumococcal disease:
- Chronic heart disease
- Chronic lung disease
Talk with your health care provider about your risk for these diseases.
- Influenza (Flu) viruses cause illness of the nose, throat, and lungs that can spread when infected people cough or sneeze.
- Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness.
- Influenza can lead to pneumonia and loss of body fluids.