What is shingles?
Shingles, which is also known as Herpes Zoster, is a viral disease caused by reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox. It is characterised by a painful rash on one side of the body and occurs more frequently in people over the age of 50.
Once you have had chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in your nervous system. It can reactivate later in life and cause Shingles.
95% of adults have had chickenpox. If you have ever had chickenpox, you could be at risk of developing Shingles.
How to prevent shingles?
The Shingles vaccine is given as a single injection in the arm and you can get it any time of year, it reduces your risk of getting shingles.
Why is the shingles vaccine important?
The Shingles vaccine can greatly reduce your risk of getting Shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to get Shingles after vaccination there is a:
- 61% reduction in burden of illness
- 73% reduction in cases of Shingles with severe and long-lasting pain
Who should get the Shingles vaccine?
The Shingles vaccine is available without a prescription to anyone aged 50 years or older.
Even if you have already had Shingles, the Shingles vaccine is still recommended. The Shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had Shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further Shingles attacks.
The vaccine cannot be given to patients who have a weakened immune system, are allergic to any ingredients in the vaccine, have untreated tuberculosis or are pregnant.
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