The mayor of health, Alba Laserna, and personnel from the Alda health department have appealed to the public to participate in a vaccination campaign against herpes zoster, a largely unknown disease that affects 33% of the elderly population.
Also known as “shingles,” herpes zoster is caused by a virus similar to chickenpox, which nearly all of us experience in childhood, though in many cases without symptoms, remaining in nerve roots and active decades later. Happens when the hedge collapses. body due to age
Although it is not fatal, it is a “disabling and very painful” disease that can cause blindness, hearing loss, or paralysis and its main manifestation is the so-called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which produces pain “sometimes- never childbirth” “and a significant decrease in people’s quality of life, explained Alejandro Kremedes, who said that the only way to avoid it “is to resort to a safe vaccine, which has been tested successfully for years and The effect of which is much more beneficial than the reactions it can cause. For two or three days, like Covid vaccines”.
For the time being, people aged 65 and 80 are being called to get the vaccine in 2023, to add two new cohorts each year until the proposal is complete for all people aged 65 and over. But this year, it will be free only for those born in 1943 and 1958. If someone wants to get the vaccine but is not in that group, they can ask for a prescription and buy it at a pharmacy, it costs 400 euros. According to the two doses received.
As explained by nurses Liliana Moreno and María Rivarte, vaccinations will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Health Center 1, and on Tuesday, May 2, 9 in the case of Villena. , and 16, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Health Center 2. Center and they will customize the schedule so that you can get your vaccine.