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Shingles Vaccination

This is a vaccine for over 50's to protect them from Shingles.

  • 15 min
  • 225 British pounds
  • Upper Richmond Road West

Service Description

About Shingles Vaccine: Shingles is a viral infection of the nerve and surrounding skin, also known as herpes zoster. It is caused by a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. Some of the symptoms of shingles are similar to the symptoms of chickenpox. They include a high temperature or fever, a headache and a characteristic rash which can be painful or itchy. While you will usually only get chickenpox once in your life, the virus that causes it remains in your body. If it becomes active again at a later date, it causes shingles rather than chickenpox. Your risk of getting shingles increases with age and you are more likely to get it if your immune system is weakened, for example due to illness or a medical procedure. While you can’t catch shingles from someone with chicken pox or shingles, you can pass on the chickenpox virus while you’re experiencing a bout of shingles. The shingles vaccine protects against shingles and effectively reduces your risk of developing the condition. It is possible to develop shingles even if you have had the vaccine. If this happens, your symptoms should be milder and pass quicker as a result of the vaccination. The shingles vaccine is not designed to protect against chickenpox. Possible side effects include: Headache, Digestive problems ,Mild rash ,Pain, Redness, Itching, and/or swelling at the injection site, Irritability, Loss of appetite ,Muscle or joint pain. Some patients experience a shingles- or chickenpox-like rash as a side effect of the vaccination. Although this rash is not usually contagious, you may be advised not to get vaccinated if you have close contact to someone who is at a high risk of contracting chickenpox as a result or someone to whom the virus would pose a serious risk. Who can get vaccinated: The shingles vaccine is suitable for patients aged 50 years and over who have either had chickenpox or have received the chickenpox vaccine in the past. If you have neither had chickenpox nor the vaccine, you are not at risk of developing shingles and the vaccine won’t be suitable for you. Courses: 2 doses 2 months apart.

Contact Details

  • Dumlers Pharmacy - Private Walk-In Clinic I Ear Wax Microsuction Clinic, Upper Richmond Road West, London, UK

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