As we get older, it is more likely the virus will reappear and cause a painful rash that shows up along one nerve root of the body. The shingles rash is usually only on one side of the body and it can occur anywhere but is common along the back, rib area, scalp or face.
Even after the blister rash clears up, the nerves can be painful for a long time. Fortunately we now have a shingles vaccine (Zostavax) that is recommended for people over age 60.
Even people who have had a case of shingles can benefit from the vaccine to prevent another outbreak. It is a one time shot that is covered by Medicare Part D and some insurance companies. If you do not have insurance that covers it, the cost can be between $200-$300.