RIPLEY - Kroger Pharmacy is partnering with the Jackson County Health Department to offer Zostavax (shingles) vaccine on Wednesday, August 14, between the hours of 1 to 3 pm.

For individuals who are between the ages of fifty and fifty-nine, or have had shingles previously, a prescription from their primary care provider is required in order to receive the vaccine.

Pre-registration is required by calling the Kroger’s pharmacy at (304) 372-5292. The vaccination clinic will be held at the Jackson County Health Department.

Almost one out of every three people in the United States will develop shingles. There is an estimated one million cases each year. Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may de- velop shingles even children can get shingles if they have had chickenpox in the past. However, one half of the cases are among the ages of sixty and older.

People who have medical conditions that keep their immune systems from working properly and those taking immunosuppressive drugs such as steroids are at a greater risk of for developing disease.

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same one that causes chickenpox. Once a person recovers from the chickenpox, the virus stays inactive in the body.

For reasons unknown, the virus can reactivate years later, causing the disease shingles.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends the vaccine for those sixty years and older.
For those between the ages of fifty and    fifty-nine, the vaccine can be given with a physician’s order. Zostavax is a one-time vaccination.

Most private health insurance plans cover the vaccine, including Medicare Part D.
To see if your insurance will cover this vaccine and if you qualify to receive Zostavax vaccine on August 14, please call 304-372-5292.