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I had shingles when I was 10 or 11 years old during the summer--which meant no swimming for me. I thought it was the end of the world (I attended day camp and we went swimming everyday for 3 hours). The pain was horrible and I couldnt explain it to anyone! They had no idea what kind of pain I was in from a "silly little rash". I have a scar on my back from my bout with shingles, and to this day have problems looking at water beading up on my skin without being reminded of my shingles rash and blisters.

I have heard that getting shingles as an adult was worse because the pain is more intense. I can's imagine going through that pain again or having it be worse. It is hard for people who havent had shingles to imagine the pain associated with this rash. I remember my mom washing my back because I couldnt reach it and the blisters popping and oozing..that memory alone makes me want to encourage people to get the vaccine. It truly was horrible as a child and I cant imagine getting them as an older adult. No thank you!

June 4, 2009 - 1:43pm


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