Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus—the same virus that causes chickenpox. It typically manifests as a painful rash with fluid-filled blisters.
How Is Shingles Contracted?
Shingles can occur when the varicella-zoster virus, which remains dormant in the nerve tissue after a previous chickenpox infection, becomes reactivated. It is primarily spread through direct contact with the fluid from shingles blisters.
Where Is Shingles Common?
Shingles can affect individuals worldwide, with higher incidence rates in older adults and people with weakened immune systems. It can occur at any age, but the risk increases with age.
The Importance Of The Shingles Vaccine
Receiving the shingles vaccine is crucial in preventing or reducing the severity of shingles and its associated complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia (long-lasting nerve pain).
About The Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix)
The shingles vaccine, known as Shingrix, is a highly effective and safe immunisation that helps protect against shingles and its complications. It stimulates the immune system to build a strong defence against the varicella-zoster virus.
Clinical studies have shown that the shingles vaccine is more than 90% effective in preventing shingles and postherpetic neuralgia in individuals aged 50 years and older.
Preventing Shingles And Its Complications
By getting vaccinated, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing shingles and lower the chances of experiencing long-lasting pain or other complications.
Administering The Shingles Vaccine
The shingles vaccine is typically given as two separate doses, with an interval of 2 to 6 months between them. It is available for individuals aged 50 years and older, regardless of whether they have had a previous episode of shingles.
Safety And Side Effects
The shingles vaccine is generally safe, with the most common side effects being redness, soreness, or swelling at the injection site. Serious side effects are rare.
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