Dr Oz did a segment on Shingles, and more specifically on the Shingles Vaccine. Do you know what Shingles are? And do you know how you can protect yourself? Doctor Oz said that Shingles is a rash that makes you want to rip your clothes off, which definitely sounds like something we would all want to avoid!
Dr Oz: What Are Shingles?
Dr Oz’s Assistant-Of-The-Day said that the only condition that she ever had that made her want to rip off her clothes was Eczema. If you get Shingles, Dr Oz said that it is likely to start near your chest or sometimes on your face, but it is far less common for it to start on your legs. Shingles are contagious, just like the Chicken Pox. You start to get pain before blisters even appear, but then you get blisters that crust over after a couple of days. 99% of people have had Chicken Pox and between 1/3 and 1/2 of all of us will get shingles if we live long enough.
Dr Oz: Shingles Vaccine Is Safe
Why do Chicken Pox come back? According to Dr Oz, the virus hides in your spine near your nerves. When something triggers the virus, it gets “squirted” out by your nerve and hits your skin (since the nerves run to your skin). And since you have not had the virus since you were a little kid, your immune system does not remember what to do.
Dr Oz said that there is a Shingles Vaccine that reduces your risk of getting Shingles by 50%, and if you do still get Shingles, the vaccine is supposed to make it much less painful. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that everyone over the age of 60 years old gets the Shingles Vaccine, but only 10% of people are getting the vaccine. Dr Oz said that it is the most underused vaccine out there. You can get the Shingles Vaccine for $200 and Dr Oz said that it is basically the same thing as the Chicken Pox Vaccine that everyone gets now. What do you think – should everyone over 60 get the Shingles Vaccine (leave your opinion in the comment section below)? With all of the controversy over vaccines lately, it is hard to know what to do, but I must admit that I would be rather tempted to get it.