Talking to Your Doctor About Shingles
by Amy Scholten, MPH
You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with shingles. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Tips for Getting Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier to talk to your doctor:
Questions to Ask
About Your Risk of Getting Shingles
About Treatment Options
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Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 11/15/21
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