The CDC reports one out of every three people will get Shingles. It's commonly seen in seniors, but anyone can get it if they have had chicken pox.It's a flare up of the chickenpox virus that can lead to a painful rash and blisters.There have been several recent cases in the area.
In fact, several drug stores are offering a vaccine to prevent the infection.
Darla Silavent is the director of Infectious Control at Flowers Hospitals. Silavent said cases of Shingles in the Wiregrass are more common than you may think.
Silavent said a vaccine is your best protection against the virus.
The vaccine that's currently available for adults 60 years old or older can prevent you from getting Shingles. If you were to receive the vaccine and you did develop the Shingles virus it will lessen the severity of the virus at that time," explained Silavent.
Shingles can't be passed from one person to another, but a person with Shingles can pass along the chickenpox virus.
Last year nearly a million people nationwide had Shingles.