Shingles Vaccine

What is Shingles?

The Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) produces two separate conditions known as Chicken Pox (Varicella) and Shingles (Herpes Zoster). Shingles (Herpes Zoster) is the manifestation of the Varicella-Zoster virus, which remains latent within the body following Chicken Pox and reactivates later on in life. Therefore, only people who have had chicken pox can develop shingles and shingles cannot be caught from someone with chicken pox. A major risk factor for both the severity of shingles is age. Immunity begins to drop more sharply from 50 years of age and relates to the decrease of specific cellular immunity to the varicella-zoster virus.

What age do people normally develop shingles?

Shingles mainly occurs in the elderly. The risk of developing shingles approximately doubles every decade after the age of 50. 1 in four Adults will develop Shingles in their lifetime (If they have had Chicken Pox).

It is possible to contract shingles from contact with a case of chickenpox?

No, it is not possible to contract shingles from contact with a case of chickenpox. But it's possible for someone to contract chickenpox from contact with someone who has shingles.

How much is the shingles vaccine?

The shingles vaccine is £199 and only 1 dose is required.

Can I get the shingles vaccine on the NHS?

The vaccine is offered to older people on the NHS to anyone who is aged 70,78 and 79. There is only a need of one dose of the shingles vaccine.

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