Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weakened immune systems.Those 60 years of age and older are encouraged to be vaccinated.
Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weakened immune systems.Those 60 years of age and older are encouraged to be vaccinated. (AP File Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The York City Bureau of Health will hold a special shingles immunization clinic 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at 435 W. Philadelphia St. for York City residents 60 years of age and older.

Shingles is a viral skin infection that may cause pain, burning or a tingling sensation on either the left or right side in a limited area of the body. Several days or weeks later, a band, strip, or small area of rash usually appears in the same area and progresses into blisters that scab over and clear up during the next few weeks.

Shingles develops from the virus that causes chickenpox. The virus remains dormant in the nerve tissue for decades and can become active again in anyone who has had chickenpox. Shingles is most common in older adults and people who have weakened immune systems.

The vaccine is being provided at no cost to those who do not have health insurance or are underinsured.

York City residents should call the York City Bureau of Health at 815-0910 to schedule an appointment. For more information, call Debra Stoops at 849-2299 or check http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/shingles/vac-faqs.htm.


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