Immunizations don't just end after childhood. Aside from the annual flu vaccine, there are a few more shots that health experts recommend adults get to keep them from contracting severe diseases.
Many adults in the United States have received immunizations for hepatitis A and B, HPV, measles, mumps and tetanus.
Now, there's one more older adults should add to the list.
An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just released a report in which they recommend a new vaccination for Americans over the age of 50.
Shingrix, is a newly-approved vaccine that will prevent the development of shingles, also called herpes zoster.
Shingles affects about one in every three Americans, and causes painful blisters. Aside from the severe rashes, shingles is often accompanied with other serious complications, including never pain, swelling in the brain, hearing and vision loss. In some cases, it can be fatal.
The infection often occurs when the chickenpox virus resurfaces years after a person first contracted it. Studies have shown that around 99% of Americans over the age of 40 have had chickenpox, therefore the vaccine is highly recommended.
So how can you get your hands on the vaccine?