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Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 99% of Americans born before 1980 have had chickenpox, placing that age group at an increased risk for shingles as they age. Roughly 10% of people who get shingles will develop nerve pain that can last months or even years. 

The Shingles vaccine is available at no charge to any Greene County resident age 60 years or older, thanks to a grant from the Greene County Senior Citizens' Services Fund Board.

The CDC recommends that all adults age 50 years and older receive the two-dose shingles immunization, even if you have had shingles in the past or are unsure if you ever had chickenpox. People ages 50-59, who are interested in the shingles vaccine should contact their healthcare provider.

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