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Health Alert: Shingles

NewsWatch 12's Alicia Rubin is with Dr. Nicole Brooks to talk about the Shingles virus.

Posted: Dec. 5, 2018 12:42 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes the chicken pox, and can hide out in the body after someone has chicken pox.

The virus can wake up years later and cause shingles.

It is not possible to catch the virus from someone who has the rash, but it is possible to catch it if you haven't had the virus before.

Some symptoms of shingles include itching, burning pain, or tingling on your skin.

Some people can get a fever, feel sick, or get a headache.

To protect yourself from the virus, you can get a vaccine, which can make symptoms lighter if they occur.

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