Immunisations and Vaccinations

Shingles Vaccination

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SHINGLES

  • Shingles also known as the Herps Zoster is a condition caused by a reaction to the chicken pox virus.
  • Anyone who has had chicken pox as a child has a risk of 1 in 4 in developing shingles many years later on in life but tends to occur more frequent on people aged over 50 years.
  • The symptoms of shingles are usually mild but can very unpleasant for some. With symptoms of burning sensation somewhere on the body which develop into a red rash with painful blisters
  • Most people recover but some people continue to feel extreme pain in the area of the rash for many months.
  • Shingles varies from person to person and some may require medical treatment for the symptoms as soon as possible from their GP.

SHINGLES CAN BE PREVENTED THROUGH A SINGLE VACCINATION

  • The Shingles Vaccine can offer protection against all these symptoms, patients will only need one injection which can be taken a long side their Flu Vaccination if they wish.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

  • Book a Shingles Vaccination
  • The shingles vaccine can be given at the same time as the Flu Vaccine which including the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus.

For more information please visit www.shinglesaware.co.uk

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