Shingles is an infection of an individual nerve and the skin surface that is supplied by the nerve; it is caused by the varicella-zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox, child or adult, can get shingles. And considering that the chickenpox vaccine wasn’t licensed for use in the United States until 1995, the math speaks for itself – a lot of people are at risk. But what are they at risk from?
Shingles typically affect the aging population, but that doesn’t mean more are not at risk. Symptoms of shingles include pain, burning, numbness or tingling; sensitivity to touch; a red rash that begins a few days after the pain; fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over; itching; fever; headache; sensitivity to light and fatigue. We realize it sounds pretty awful, and that largely impart because it is. However, it doesn’t stop there, for shingles can lead to many other serious health complications including:
Encephalitis – brain inflammation
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
Congestive heart failure
As it stands, there is no treatment for shingles pain, however, you may have noticed billboards, radio spots, posters, TV commercials and just about every other form of communication telling you about the relatively new shingles vaccine and why you should take it. And while we are not here to give you medical advice, what we can tell you is that although the symptoms of shingles can be quite devastating, taking the vaccine isn’t without its risks.
Once a person has had chickenpox, it should be known that the virus never leaves their body. And of those, about one-third will develop shingles later in life. According to US Recall News. If you have had chickenpox, you may have a 33% chance of developing shingles. Zostavax can reduce that risk, but according to some, it is only about 51% effective. If you choose to take the vaccine, you basically have a 50/50 chance of protection from a condition that you were 66% not likely to develop in the first place. And, you run the risk of actually triggering the condition you were trying to prevent.
If you have developed shingles or chicken pox, and serious complications, after taking Zostavax, please talk to an experienced defective drug attorney right away to learn more about your rights and potential compensation.