Shingles Vaccine now available

Adults aged 70 to 79 years are eligible for a free Zostavax (Shingles) Vaccine – a safe and effective way to protect yourself from serious disease caused by shingles.

Shingles is the disease caused when the chickenpox virus reactivates. It causes a painful blistering rash which can cause a tingling, burning sensation in the area. The rash can last about 10 to 15 days. It often makes a stripe or belt-like pattern on one side of the face or body. The rash forms small blisters, which fill with liquid and burst before the skin crusts over and heals.

It can also cause headache, tiredness and discomfort when looking at bright lights.

Shingles is a serious disease because it can cause severe nerve pain that can last for months. It can also lead to serious eye problems, pneumonia, hearing problems, swelling of the brain and death.

Shingles usually affects older people. The older you are if you get shingles, the higher your risk of getting serious disease.

If shingles is diagnosed early enough (within 3 days of the rash appearing), it can be treated with antiviral medicines.

The shingles vaccine is given as a needle. Common side effects of shingles vaccine may include: pain, redness, swelling or itching where the needle went in; headache; tiredness.

Please telephone the practice on 07 5477 0644 for more information or to book an appointment with your GP to discuss the shingles vaccine further.