Shingles Vaccine Now Available

As at 1st November 2016, Zostavax will be funded for adults 70-79yrs of age (subject to available supplies). The Zostervax vaccine is not offered for people 50 – 69 or 80 years and above.

This will be a single dose vaccine  to provide protection against Shingles.

Shingles is most common in over 70’s . Zostavax Vaccine is not offered for people aged 80 & over as it is not as effective.

Please note if you have had the Shingles Virus in the past Zostavax can only be administered 12 months after an acute episode.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is also known as Herpes Zoster. It causes a painful, blistering skin rash that can last 2 to 4 weeks. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. This is called Post Herpetic Neuralgia or PHN. It is the most common complication of Shingles. The risk of Shingles and PHN increases as a person gets older.

What causes Shingles?

 

Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), the same virus that causes Chickenpox. After a person recovers from Chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later and cause Shingles.

For further information talk to your GP