It’s the “S” word that no senior ever wants to hear… and it’s not the one you’re thinking of.
If you had chicken pox as a kid, that ugly itching-and-scratching virus never really left your body. It’s in you right now, hiding out and waiting to pop up and give you a whole new level of misery.
This time around, it’s much worse.
It can feel like your skin is on fire!
This virus can even attack the eyes, leading to temporary or even permanent vision loss.
Now, the CDC says that it’s finally got this one nailed with a new vaccine (called Shingrix) it’s pushing on older Americans.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s pretty much what the agency has said before when it was pushing the old vaccine, which is now getting kicked aside.
But don’t line up for this new shot yet.
Like all new vaccines, there’s no telling what this can do to you over the long haul, so the moment you roll up you’re sleeve, you’re essentially turning yourself into a Big Pharma guinea pig.
And this shot already has a few issues the CDC hasn’t been so quick to publicize, including a high risk of side effects severe enough that 1 in 6 patients aren’t able to do their day-to-day activities while they’re battling those problems.
One in 10 had 4 inches or more of pain and redness or swelling around the injection site.
That’s not a golf ball-sized lump. That’s not even a tennis ball.
A softball is “only” 3.5 inches in diameter… and the ugly old lump left by the shot can be even BIGGER than that!
Other folks end up with painful headaches, flu-like shivers, stomachaches and other belly problems, and even myalgia, a.k.a. muscle pain.
Is this really better than just getting shingles???
There’s no easy way to prevent shingles, but you can start with your own immune system.
That’s what’s preventing you from getting an infection right now. When it’s locked and loaded, your immune system will work to keep the virus in check so it can’t hurt you.
When your immune system chokes, the virus breaks free.
Next thing you know, you’ve got shingles – and misery like you probably never thought possible.
Good sleep and vitamin C will help keep your immune system charged up, while B vitamins can give a little oomph to your nerves, which is where the virus likes to hide.