Shingles: What Is It And Why Do We Need To Vaccinate Against It?
The NHS offers the shingles vaccination to very specific groups of people, but you may wish to book shingles immunisation yourself if you fall outside these groups. Only people aged 70 or 78 years old can get the shingles vaccine on the NHS, but it is recommended for anyone aged over 60 and is available from your local branch of Touchwood Pharmacy. Unlike the flu jab, it can be given at any time of year.
What is Shingles?
Shingles are caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox. Chickenpox is a common childhood viral illness that lies dormant in the nerves within the body after chickenpox infection. Later in adulthood, it can reactivate and cause a very painful rash in a specific area of the body. It can also lead to symptoms including headache, fever and malaise.
Having the shingles immunisation has been proven to be the most effective way of preventing shingles infection. Our shingles vaccination service makes it easy to protect yourself against this virus. Our experienced staff can offer advice and guidance on vaccinations, including the shingles vaccine, and we are able to offer appointments that are convenient for you.
There are two available shingles vaccines; Shingrix which is a non-living vaccine, of which two doses are required, and Zostavax which is a live vaccine, and given in a single dose.
As shingles is an illness that tends to occur later in life, some people decide to have two vaccinations at once. You may choose to have the Shingrix and flu shot vaccines in one appointment, to provide maximum health protection. Our pharmacists can offer advice on all of the vaccines you are eligible for based on your age and general health.
To book your shingles vaccination, or for advice on any other vaccinations, call us today.