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.
Pneumococcal Disease
  • The risk for pneumococcal disease increases for those 50 and older.
  • Certain medical conditions can also increase the risk for developing invasive pneumococcal disease:
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic heart disease
    • Chronic lung disease
  • 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.
Talk with your health care provider about your risk for these diseases.
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