Les­son from some­one who suf­fers in a very painful way: get shot

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

DEAR AN­NIE: I’d like to sec­ond the rec­om­men­da­tion from “Papil­lion, Ne­braska,” about get­ting the shin­gles vac­cine. I con­tacted shin­gles four years ago on one side of my face and up into my hair. The nerves on my face are to­tally dam­aged, I have pain and itch ev­ery day.

Any­one who has not had the shin­gles shot, please get it, even if your in­sur­ance doesn’t cover the cost. I hes­i­tated, think­ing it would not hap­pen to me. I was wrong. I have since got­ten the shot be­cause my doc­tor says if I get shin­gles again (it can hap­pen), it won’t be as bad. It is the most hor­ri­ble pain I ever ex­pe­ri­enced. — Greens­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia

Dear Greens­burg: Thanks for the backup. Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, any­one older than 60 should speak to their doc­tor about the shin­gles vac­cine, which is ef­fec­tive for six years.

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