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Shingles Vaccination

What is shingles?

Shingles, triggered by the Varicella Zoster virus—the same culprit behind chickenpox—can unexpectedly resurface in the body, leading to discomfort and pain. While it can strike individuals of any age, it tends to be more prevalent among older adults. Recognizing its symptoms is crucial as they often signify distress for those affected.

Shingles often starts with a painful rash that appears on one side of your face or body. This rash looks like clusters of blisters, which usually form scabs within a week or so. It might stick around for 2 to 4 weeks. Alongside the rash, you might feel discomfort, itching, and just not quite yourself.

Vaccination against shingles

Protecting yourself from shingles is super important, and getting vaccinated is a great way to do it.

Shingrix is a non-live vaccine, uses a tiny, harmless part of the virus to trigger your immune system into action. The course generally requires 2 doses and spread by at least two months apart. 

  • Even if you’ve had shingles before or received the older shingles vaccine (Zostavax), getting Shingrix is still recommended.
  • It’s also recommended if you’ve received the chickenpox vaccine in the past.
  • Shingrix offers robust protection against shingles, regardless of your previous experiences or vaccinations.
  • No maximum age for getting Shingrix.

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