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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – July 2010

Spanish-Language Fact Sheet on Shingles

Format: Web Site
Institute: National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Burning, tingly, itchy skin. A flu-like feeling. A red rash and then blisters. These are some of the signs of shingles, a painful disease that affects many older adults. But what is shingles, why do people get it, and what can you do about it? NIA's newest Spanish-language fact sheet, Vivir Mejor la Tercera Edad: La culebrilla, describes shingles, who is at risk, how the disease can be prevented, and what can be done to relieve the symptoms. It also offers resources for more information.

Along with La culebrilla, NIA has Vivir Mejor la Tercera Edad (Spanish-language AgePage) fact sheets on more than 30 topics of interest to older adults and caregivers, including hyperthermia, forgetfulness, and shots for safety. Each fact sheet provides an overview of the subject and a list of organizations to contact to learn more.

Next Steps

You can read or download Vivir Mejor la Tercera Edad: La culebrilla at For other free health and aging information for older adults, please visit NIA's Spanish-language Web site at If you need help with publications, call NIA's Spanish-speaking staff at (800) 222-2225.

This page last reviewed on October 17, 2012

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