Prevent Shingles: Get Vaccinated
If You’ve Had Chickenpox, You Are at Risk for Shingles
About 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles during their lifetime.
If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. More than 99% of Americans born before 1980 have had chickenpox, even if they don’t remember it.
Your risk of getting shingles and having serious complications increases as you get older.
About 1 in 10 people who get shingles develop nerve pain that lasts for months or years after the rash goes away. This is called postherpetic neuralgia and is the most common complication of shingles.
Shingles may lead to other serious complications involving the eye, including blindness. Very rarely, it can also lead to pneumonia, hearing problems, brain inflammation (encephalitis) or death.