Nearly one out of three people in the United States will develop shingles, a painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may develop shingles, or zoster. Men and women aged 60 years or older are most at risk. Shingles can be prevented with a vaccination.
Parkside Family Clinic in Cuero received a $550 grant from Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program to educate De Witt County seniors about shingles and how to prevent it. A large percentage of these senior patients are on Medicare, which provides health care coverage for seniors and persons with disabilities.
“Medicare plans may or may not cover the full cost of the zoster vaccine for seniors, which can cost as much as $200,” said Sandi English, PhD, CHW, patient education coordinator at Parkside Family Clinic.
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