According to the CDC, Shingles (Herpes Zoster) " is a painful rash that usually develops on one side of the body, often the face or torso. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7-10 day and clears up within 2-4 weeks.
The vaccine is given in a 2 dose format. The second dose is typically given 2-6 months after the first dose.
This vaccine helps to prevent pneumococcal disease, which is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. We have two pneumococcal vaccines available:
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or PCV13
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine or PPSV23
According to CDC guidelines:
"CDC recommends PCV13 for all children younger than 2 years old and people 2 years or older with certain medical conditions. Adults 65 years or older also can discuss and decide, with their clinician, to get PCV13.
CDC recommends PPSV23 for all adults 65 years or older, people 2 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions, and adults 19 through 64 years old who smoke cigarettes."
Tdap vaccine can prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
Diphtheria and pertussis spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds.
TETANUS (T) causes painful stiffening of the muscles. Tetanus can lead to serious health problems, including being unable to open the mouth, having trouble swallowing and breathing, or death.
DIPHTHERIA (D) can lead to difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis, or death.
PERTUSSIS (aP), also known as “whooping cough,” can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing which makes it hard to breathe, eat, or drink. Pertussis can be extremely serious in babies and young children, causing pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage, or death. In teens and adults, it can cause weight loss, loss of bladder control, passing out, and rib fractures from severe coughing.