Let’s get something straight.
I have seen this advertisement every day.
Shingles can infect someone of ANY age and it can be anywhere on the body.
For some reason it is currently being singled to the over 65’s and only infecting “one side” which absolutely infuriates me because I was 22 when I got infected, twice, on two alternate sides of my body.
At the time my doctors didn’t even believe me because they had stuck by the theory that “only seniors get it”.
Anyone with a weakened immunity can get it or from being exposed to the open blisters, and there is no support for you when you are left with nerve damage and chronic health issues.
Antivirals do NOT cure Shingles. They are “supposed” to prevent nerve damage from occurring.
If you had chicken pox you can still get Shingles. I did. Twice. Shingles is NOTHING like Chicken Pox. People who associate them clearly haven’t had it. Nerve pain is not a typical pain feeling. It is debilitating. It feels like your entire body is being carved from the inside with a serrated knife. The blisters burn, and the aftermath of my skin still burns.
There is not one doctor in Melbourne who solely specialises in Shingles cases, yet when I speak to people I am informed of how COMMON Shingles is in under 40’s. I have spoken to people who have had it multiple times, in multiple places which defeats the theory that you can only get it once.
The vaccination should be available for all ages, and in saying that, there should be readily available support for post Shingles patients who end up with chronic nerve pain and other ongoing health issues as a result of this virus.
I have to live for the rest of my life with nerve pain that can’t be aided.
I would have much rather gotten Shingles when I was 65. At least I would have had an honest chance at living.
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