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