Health department has free shingles vaccines available

February 2, 2017 GMT

The Kittitas County Public Health Department has free shingles vaccines available, according to a news release.

Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the body that is caused by the varicella zoster virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Varicella zoster virus is the same virus that causes chickenpox. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later and cause shingles.

The vaccine is recommended for those 60 and older.

Contact the health department to make an appointment or for more information. The vaccine is free with an administration fee of $23, but the fee can be reduced or waived based on reported income.