Shingles

Shingles vaccine available at Nottingham GP Clinic for those aged 50 and over

A vaccine can be used to prevent shingles – the long-lasting nerve pain that follows infection. Shingles is a painful, blistering rash. It usually occurs in one part of the body and can last for several weeks. It may lead to:

  • severe and long-lasting pain
  • scarring.
  • Less commonly, bacterial skin infections, weakness, muscle paralysis, loss of hearing or vision.

Infections are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After infection, the virus stays in your body in the nerve cells. The virus can become active again years later and cause shingles.

 

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How old to you have to be to have the vaccine?

The vaccine is only available on the NHS to certain people in between 70 and 80 years. However, the vaccine can be given to those aged 50 years and over. The vaccine can be given to people who have already had a previous infection. Vaccination will boost immunity against further attacks.

How long does immunity last for?

Research suggests that you will be protected for at least 5 years.

Are there any side effects to the vaccine?

Following administration of the vaccine common side effects are fever, and redness, pain, swelling, bruising or rash at the injection site.

Cost: £185

 

More information on the vaccine:

The vaccine cannot be used to treat existing shingles or the pain associated with existing infection.

More information on the vaccine can be found by clicking on: http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.25928.latest.pdf for the patient information leaflet