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Shingles vaccine now available

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Lincoln County Health and Human Services has obtained a limited quantity of the Shingles vaccine for community members 60 years of age and above who have no insurance or their insurance does not cover immunizations.

The same virus that causes chickenpox also causes Shingles. The virus stays in your body and can later resurface as Shingles—a painful, blistering rash. Shingles can make everyday tasks — from getting dressed to getting into bed a painful proposition. The vaccine may help to reduce your risk of getting Shingles in the future. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that appropriate adults 60 or older get vaccinated to help prevent Shingles.

Individuals with Medicare Part D can talk with their local pharmacist on how to receive this vaccine. Those who are uncertain about their coverage may call the Lincoln County Health Department at (541) 265-0587 to determine if they qualify or to make an appointment.

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