Just saw some fear-mongering commercial by Merck about Shingles. I think the exact wording in their commercial was "Could I have Shingles living inside me?!"
Anyway, it was completely insane, so I had to go to the website
and find out what the hell they were talking about.
There's a questionaire that's supposed to assess your shingles risk. It asks if you've ever had chicken pox, and your age, but no matter what age you tell it, if you say you've had chicken pox it says you could get shingles and you should talk to your doctor NOW.
If you tell it you've never had chicken pox, it says maybe you just forgot you had it.
It gets better. From their "questions to ask your doctor" section: "The Shingles virus may already be inside you, so talk to your doctor now."
and "Questions to Ask Your Doctor 1: Do I have the Shingles virus inside of me?"
THE SHINGLES VIRUS IS INSIDE YOU. PANIC. It's like something out of the movie Alien
: it's inside your body, just waiting to break out!
What's really weird is that this website doesn't appear to be selling any kind of shingles treatment. It's almost as though they just want to start some kind of shingles panic. But hey, they've also got shingles pictures on the website, so maybe it's some kind of fetish thing. Who knows.