Category Shingles

Frequently Asked Questions About Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

There are an estimated 1 million cases of shingles each year in the US and the risk of shingles increases as you get older. About half of all cases occur in men and women age 60 years or older. Almost 1 out of every 3 adults in the US will develop shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, in their lifetime.

Top 10 Must Read 2016 NFID Blog Posts

As 2016 comes to a close, NFID would like to wish all readers a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year, we are pleased to share this recap of the top 10 most read blog posts in 2016…

Making the Case for Adult Vaccines

The US healthcare system is on the verge of an exciting transformation that focuses first on keeping people healthy. We must send a strong signal that increasing immunization rates among adults in the US is indeed a national priority.

Shingles: Are You at Risk?

Almost 1 in 3 people in the US will develop shingles during their lifetime and the risk of shingles increases with age. If you are 60 years of age or older and have not been vaccinated against shingles, ask a healthcare professional about shingles vaccination.

Older Adults Need Vaccines, Too!

Similar to eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting regular check-ups, vaccines are vital in order to stay healthy, particularly for older adults. As you age, your immune system typically does not function as well as it used to, making older adults more susceptible to vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and serious complications.

Adults: Vaccines Aren’t Just For Kids

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Each year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems from vaccine-preventable diseases including influenza (flu), […]

The Real Pain of Shingles

The post below is from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) “Real Stories, Real People” series. Thank you to Joan for sharing her experience with shingles to increase awareness among others. To share your own real story, visit http://nfid.org/real-stories-real-people/share-your-story. I had shingles recently and I just need to say—the pain from shingles was the worst I’ve […]