What is Shingles?
If you've ever had the chickenpox -- and almost all adults have -- there's a good chance the virus is still at large in your body. The varicella zoster virus known as can lie dormant for decades without causing any symptoms.
Even though a chicken pox infection will resolve, the varicella zoster virus remains in a person’s nervous system for the rest of their life. The virus usually hibernates in the spinal cord, and when a person’s immune system is weakened, the virus can be reactivated. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), individuals who have had chicken pox have a one in five chance of developing shingles as an adult.
Shingles outbreaks run a similar course to a chicken pox infection. During the first two to three days, people may feel tired and feverish. These symptoms are followed by development of a localized area of skin irritation. A tingling, itching or painful burning sensation will develop, most commonly on the upper body. However, shingles can develop on the extremities and face as well. The hallmark indicator of shingles is unilateral symptoms (one side of the body is affected). This is because the virus follows a specific nerve path, or dermatome, beginning in the spine and following the dermatome to the surface of the skin.
The next phase of a shingles infection is a one-to-two-week period of blistering rash development. This rash is similar to chicken pox and can take seven to 14 days to scab over. Typically, another one to two weeks are needed for the lesions to completely heal.
A simple course of shingles can last anywhere from one month to several months. The severity and duration of the infection are dependent on the age and health of the affected person. According to the NIH, age and physical and emotional stress can weaken a person’s immune system, making them more susceptible to prolonged shingles outbreaks.
Tens of thousands of Americans suffer illness from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. Many people are hospitalized each year and some even die from their illness. Vaccines are recommended for children, teens, and adults based on different factors like age, health conditions, lifestyle, jobs, and travel. Immunizations protect us from these diseases.
What is Influenza (Flu) ?
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory infection caused by different influenza viruses. Symptoms of the flu, include fever, muscle aches, headache, coughing and chest discomfort. A person suffering from influenza may also have a high fever that lasts for a few days, in addition to muscle aches, weakness and fatigue. Influenza is a virus that attacks the respiratory system. It is highly contagious, spread through respiratory secretions. Symptoms of influenza appear from one to four days following infection.
What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by bacteria, a virus or fungi. Pneumonia and its symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Many treatments for pneumonia are available. Treatment depends on the cause of your pneumonia, how severe your symptoms are, and your age and overall health. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in one to three weeks, but pneumonia can be life-threatening. The good news is that pneumonia can be prevented—by getting an annual flu shot (as flu often leads to pneumonia), frequently washing your hands, and getting a vaccine for pneumococcal pneumonia.
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