Shingles and the Vaccination

What is it?

Shingles is the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Shingles is a common condition and the risk of shingles and related complications increases with age.

97% of adults have the virus that has shingles within them and there is no way to predict who will develop shingles, when the virus will reactivate, how severe it will be and how long the pain will last.

1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime.

The most common symptom of shingles is a painful, blistering rash, usually on one side of the body. People who have shingles often say the pain is excruciating, making it hard to sleep, walk or enjoy everyday life.

While shingles often resolves without complications, some people may continue to experience ongoing nerve pain for months or years after the rash has healed. Other less common complications of shingles may include infection, eye and ear problems and an increased risk of stroke.

How to prevent it:

There is a vaccine for Shingles!

For patients that are aged 70 to 79 the shingles vaccine is free of charge as it is available on the National Immunisation Program.

For all people outside of the age group of 70-79 year olds – you will require an appointment with your GP to discuss the suitability of vaccination. the GP may provide you with a script which will need to be filled at a pharmacy. This vaccination can cost approximately $200. We can then arrange an appointment with our practice nurses to administer that for you.

How to book:

If you are in the age group to receive a vaccination under the National Immunisation program you will just need to make a booking with the nurses in the treatment room

If you are outside of this age group you will need to make an appointment with a GP to receive a prescription and a later appointment made with the nurses to give that vaccination

Contact us today to make an appointment and take up this opportunity to immunise against shingles.

All immunisations provided to all ages are then recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register for you at the time of your appointment.