Poison Prevention: It’s Not Just About Children

Kenny Rudd in ER

By Dr. Kenneth Rudd, Grace Cottage Hospital Emergency Department Co-Director as appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer’s Graceful Health series, March 11, 2016 National Poison Week is March 20-26 this year. For the past 55 years, this event has been held to raise awareness and provide strategies for poison prevention. The headline used by the National Poison […]


Should I get the shingles vaccine?

Lucian Devan

By Devon Lucier, AGNP, Grace Cottage Family Health

If you have ever known anyone with shingles, you will understand why the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that eligible adults become vaccinated.

Shingles is a very painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox (and rarely, those who had the chicken pox vaccine, which includes a weakened strain of the virus) can develop shingles. For reasons not yet understood, the chickenpox virus reactivates and causes shingles. It may have to do with one’s immune system, and the tendency increases with age.