What is the shingles virus? The varicella zoster virus, also known as the shingles virus, is the same virus that causes the chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox, and that’s over 90% of adults, your immune system may have been able to keep the virus under control. However, as we age our immune system naturally weakens. As a result, the shingles virus may reactivate, increasing the risk of developing shingles. What are some shingles symptoms? Shingles can result in a painful and blistering rash that can last several weeks. The pain from shingles can be severe, disabling and may interfere with doing normal day-to-day activities including walking, sleeping and social activities. It may also lead to serious complications such as long-lasting nerve pain (also called postherpetic neuralgia or PHN), which can last for months or years. Other symptoms may include: • Burning, numbness, or tingling • Sensitivity to touch • Fever • Headache • Vision problems/loss of vision • Upset stomach • Loss of hearing A vaccine that demonstrated over 90% effectiveness in preventing shingles in people 50 years of age and older has been developed and is available at TWO Pharmacy.SHINGRIX is a vaccine that helps protect adults against shingles (also called herpes zoster). As we age, the risk of getting shingles increases. SHINGRIX is specially designed for adults 50 years of age and older to help the body build its protection against shingles, regardless of increasing age. In clinical trials, SHINGRIX was shown to be over 90% effective at preventing shingles for people 50 years of age and older. You will receive two SHINGRIX doses, with a gap of 2 to 6 months between doses. When you get your first dose, ask your doctor or pharmacist to schedule your next dose. To maximize the protection offered by SHINGRIX, it is important that you get both doses.