Shingles Vaccine

GP Matters - Immunisations & Vaccines

About Shingles
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It's caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.

It's estimated that around one in every four people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life.

For further information please visit: NHS Inform - Shingles

Symptoms of shingles
The main symptom of shingles is pain, followed by a rash that develops into itchy blisters, similar in appearance to chickenpox. New blisters may appear for up to a week, but a few days after appearing they become yellowish in colour, flatten and dry out.

Scabs then form where the blisters were, which may leave some slight scarring.

The pain may be a constant, dull or burning sensation and its intensity can vary from mild to severe. You may have sharp stabbing pains from time to time, and the affected area of skin will usually be tender.

In some cases, shingles may cause some early symptoms that develop a few days before the painful rash first appears. These early symptoms can include:

- a headache
- burning, tingling, numbness or itchiness of the skin in the affected area
- a feeling of being generally unwell
- a high temperature (fever)

An episode of shingles typically lasts around two to four weeks, however in some cases the pain may last for many weeks once the rash has disappeared. Shingles usually affects a specific area on one side of the body and doesn't cross over the midline of the body (an imaginary line running from between your eyes down past the belly button).

Any part of your body can be affected, including your face and eyes, but the chest and abdomen (tummy) are the most common areas.

Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles.

When to get professional advice
Adults 18 years and over with symptoms of shingles can get advice and treatment directly from a pharmacy. If the pharmacist cannot treat you they may recommend you see your GP.

Shingles isn’t usually serious, but see your pharmacist as soon as possible if you recognise the symptoms. In most cases your pharmacist should be able to provide treatment, however they may recommend that you need to contact your GP practice for treatment if required.

Shingles Vaccines 

Zoxtovax - not available at GP Matters
This vaccine is now routinely offered in the NHS (Scotland) as a single injection to people aged 70.
People aged between 70 and 79 on 1 September 2022 are eligible for the free shingles vaccine.


Vaccine Course:  2 doses, 2 months apart

Vaccine Price £300 per dose (which includes the appointment fee)

Further information can be found at on the following link: Shingrix

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