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What is it and how do we get it:

Shingles occurs when the virus that causes chickenpox starts up again in your body. After you get better from chickenpox, the virus "sleeps" (is dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus "wakes up" when disease, stress, or aging weakens the immune system.

Symptoms of Shingles:

The first sign of shingles can be: a tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin a headache or feeling generally unwell A rash will appear a few days later. Usually you get shingles on your chest and tummy, but it can appear on your face, eyes and genital. The shingles rash appears as red blotches on your skin, on one side of your body only. A rash on both the left and right of your body is unlikely to be shingles. The blotches become itchy blisters which ooze fluid. A few days later the blisters dry out and scab. The rash can form a band that only appears on one side of your body. The skin remains painful until after the rash has gone. After the shingles blisters heal, pain can last for months or years and may be severe. This long-lasting nerve pain is called post-herpetic neuralgia or PHN

Childhood/ Routine Immunization program in the United Kingdom:

You are eligible for the free NHS shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.People who were eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but have not yet been vaccinated against shingles also remain eligible for free NHS shingle vaccines until their 80th birthday. These are people:

  • in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942 (so in 2017, they are 75, 76, 77, 78 and 79 years old. )

Otherwise you can use our Vaccination programme at Bell Pharmacy Bow as long as you are above age of 50.

Who is eligible for this vaccination:

Patients above age of 50 years 1 dose is given Subcutaneously

Inclusion and Exclusion list:

For patients above age of 50 years. There are inclusion and exclusion list that will be discussed with you during your appointment. You will be asked to fill in an assessment form with all your vaccination history details as well as any medical condition. Also we will go through any allergic reactions you might have. You can download the form here or you can fill it in during your appointment.

Name of the Vaccines subject to availabilities:

Name of the Vaccine Type of Vaccine Schedule (see notes above) Price per schedule including consultation
Zostavax Live attenuated 1 dose £150/dose

Please note Shingle vaccination are not indicated for treatment of shingles.

Side effects:

Minor injection site irritation. Also you could have a bit of temperature and headache after.

Please visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx, after putting your destinations, this website will advise you which vaccines are needed. This website is regularly updated and is authorised by NHS.

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