How will having shingles affect my long-term health?

May or may not. Usually there are no consequences of shingles. However, some people do get long lasting or even permanent pain after shingles, so be sure you see a doctor and get put on some medications as soon as you can if you still have the rash. It is possible for the rash to get 2ary infected . Also, some research indicates that the risk of having a stroke later is a little higher if you have had shingles.