Listen to “EMPHASIZED BY THE PANDEMIC STAYING UP TO DATE ON ALL YOUR VACCINATIONS IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT AGAINST INFECTIOUS DISEASES INCLUDING SHIN” on Spreaker.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how vulnerable adults are to infectious diseases. Unfortunately, prior to the pandemic, at least 3 out of every 4 adults were missing one or more of four routinely recommended vaccines. As such, the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 30 other groups, have issued a call to action to healthcare professionals to ensure their adult patients have the recommended vaccinations, especially with the ongoing threat of COVID-19. ShinglesDoesntPlayFavorites.com
Low vaccination rates among adults puts them at risk for preventable diseases like shingles, a painful rash that develops on one side of the body.[i] Did you know that approximately one in three people in the US will develop shingles in their lifetime?[ii] As a person ages, the immune system is impacted in such a way that the body is less capable of preventing the virus from re-activating and causing shingles.[iii] Anyone 50 years or older – even if you’re a healthy, active person – is considered at-risk for shingles.
Interior designer and gymnastics judge Kathlyn, 54, thought she had an outbreak of adult acne or a spider bite, but soon realized something was wrong when the bumps spread across half her face causing her eye to swell shut. Much to her surprise, Kathlyn’s doctor immediately diagnosed her with shingles, leaving her in pain and unable to spend time with her family. As someone who did not have shingles on her radar, Kathlyn works to educate others and urges them to talk to their doctor or pharmacist about shingles vaccination to help protect against the disease.
Kathlyn and Dr. Len Friedland, Vice President and Director, Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Vaccines, at GSK, will be available to discuss the topic of getting up-to-date on adult vaccinations and details about shingles.
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