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April 12, 2022

Lafene Health Center offers shingles vaccine

Submitted by Shawn Funk

Lafene Health Center is now offering a shingles vaccine, Shingrix, to faculty, staff and students who meet the CDC criteria. The CDC recommends that adults 50 years and older get two doses of a recombinant zoster shingles vaccine to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease. Adults 19 years and older who have weakened immune systems because of disease or therapy should also get two doses, as they have a higher risk of getting shingles and related complications.

Shingles is a painful rash, usually accompanied by blisters, that develops on one side of the face or body. Additional symptoms may include fever, headache, chills or upset stomach. Rarely, shingles can lead to complications such as pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation or death.

Appointments can be made on the myLAFENE+ patient portal or by calling 785-532-6544. Lafene does not contract with Medicare or Medicaid.

For more information about shingles and the Shingrix vaccine, visit the CDC.