Shingles is a painful skin condition caused by a virus known as Varicella Zoster. It is the same virus which causes chickenpox. New issues with the immune system may raise your chances of getting shingles.
What are the first symptoms for herpes zoster?
Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single line of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso.
Zostavax is a live vaccine, it is given as a single injection, usually in the upper arm. Shingrix is a non-living vaccine that is made from the virus component. It’s administered in two doses, with 2 to 6 months between treatments. The common side-effects of the vaccine include but are not limited to redness, pain, tenderness, swelling, headaches and itching at the injection site.
Who can get vaccinated?
The shingles vaccine is suitable for patients over the age of 49 who have either had chickenpox or had acquired the chickenpox vaccine in the past.
Zostavax has been shown to provide the best protection against shingles for about five years although Zostavax is recommended for people aged 50 and older, it is advised that the vaccine is given at the age of 60, when the risk of shingles and its complexities are at their highest.
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