Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It is caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus. This same virus is also responsible for causing Chickenpox.
Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash.
The first signs 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.
Shingles normally affects your chest and tummy, but it can appear on your face, eyes and genitals
1. How do you catch it?
After having Chickenpox, the Varicella-Zoster virus remains dormant in your nervous system. Most cases of Shingles occur at a later stage in life or when the immune system is lowered (This can be because of stress, certain conditions, or treatments like chemotherapy).
You cannot get Shingles from someone with Shingles or Chickenpox. But you can get Chickenpox from someone with Shingles if you have not had Chickenpox before.
Vaccination is the only mode of prevention available against Shingles
3. Vaccination options
A Shingles vaccine is available at Worldwide Travel Health Clinic. It is the most effective way to reduce your risk of getting Shingles.
Number of doses? One dose
When to do the course? Once you are 50 years of age, we would recommend you to speak with one of our clinicians for advice.
Booster doses? Duration of protection is approximately 5 to 10 years. Booster doses are not yet recommended.
Age restrictions? Vaccine is available for anyone above the age 50.
4. Our service
For a free risk assessment and expert advice, contact us today and speak with one of our dedicated healthcare professionals.