This segment is sponsored by the Springfield Clinic. In the studio today we have Dr. Idelle Woodson from the Springfield Clinic. We’re talking about the shingles. Doc, thank you so much for being here, first of all, really nice having you. Now we’re gonna talk about the shingles. Really what is it? You know, we kind of hear the shingles and chicken pox kind of intertwined, so talk about it. Absolutely. So, chicken pox causes shingles. What happens is if a person has ever infected with chicken pox, they can reactivate later in life as shingles. What happens is it can be a very painful rash that develops in one area of the body. It is not something that can be necessarily prevented unless there is a vaccination for the shingles after you’ve had the chicken pox. Gotcha. So you can have that in your adult life, this vaccine to prevent the shingles? Absolutely. In 2017, there was a new shingles vaccination, SHINGRIX. Ninety percent effective in preventing shingles. Prior to 2017, the old shingles vaccination was about 50% effective. But the new vaccination is 90% effective in preventing an outbreak of shingles. Oh, that”s awesome. So talk a little bit about men versus women. What kind of person is likely to get it more than the other? There’s no such thing as that. Absolutely not. In fact, men and women are equally chanced of getting the shingles outbreak. It depends on age. As we get older, our immune system weakens. And we’re more prone to developing the shingles rash. Gotcha. How can somebody prevent it? Besides the vaccine, I mean. Is there anything to do in your day-to-day? You know, besides staying healthy. So exercising, making sure that you are eating a healthy diet, maintaining a good weight, not smoking. That will help to keep the immune system healthy and hopefully prevent the outbreak. As far as the vaccine goes, back to that. What age is recommended to get it? Aged 50 and over. So anyone aged 50 and older can get the vaccination. Even if you’ve already had the previous shingles vaccination, you can still get the new-and-improved SHINGRIX vaccination. Gotcha, gotcha. How common is the shingles? I mean, should any average American worry about it? Absolutely, good question. You know, it’s about 1 in 3 people will break out with shingles in their lifetime if they’ve had chicken pox. The problem with shingles is that not only is it a painful rash, but it can also develop symptoms afterwards. So, in other words, if a person has an outbreak on their eyes or in their ears, they can develop nerve damage from that. They also breakout with something called postherpetic neuralgia, which is after the rash is cleared, they still have the nerve damage from the rash. Of course, medicine is all about prevention as possible and that’s why we promote the vaccination. Awesome. Go see Dr. Woodson if you have any, I guess, concerns about the chicken pox or shingles. Always accepting new patients. Would love to answer any questions. Okay, Dr. Woodson. Thank you so much.