Press Release
Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Free Shingles Vaccine at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center

Kittitas County, WA - 08/07/2017 - On August 18, the Kittitas County Public Health Department will be providing free shingles vaccine at the Ellensburg Adult Activity Center. From 10:30 to 1:30 pm at 506 S. Pine Street, KCPHD will have staff available during those hours on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are 60 years or older and have to pay out of pocket for the shingles vaccine, KCPHD recommends that you access the free shingles vaccine.  KCPHD has a limited supply of free shingles vaccine available. There is an administration fee of $23.00, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on your reported income.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the body.  It is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). This is the same virus that causes chickenpox. VZV stays in your body after causing chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox in the past, then VZV is inside you. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later and cause shingles.
 
People 60 years and older should get vaccinated against shingles.  Even if you have had shingles in the past, it is still advised that you get the shingles vaccine to protect from future occurrences.    If you have questions about whether you should be vaccinated, please contact the Kittitas County Public Health Department.
 
For more information about the event at the Ellensburg Activity Center or to schedule an appointment at KCPHD, please contact KCPHD at 509-962-7515. 
 
 

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515