Shingles Vaccine

GP Matters - Immunisations & Vaccines

What is shingles?
Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus).

How do you catch shingles?
You do not "catch" shingles – it comes on when there's a reactivation of chickenpox virus that's already in your body.
After you've recovered from chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and can reactivate at a later stage when your immune system is weakened.

Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles.

Is shingles serious?
Yes, it can be. Not only can shingles be very painful and uncomfortable, some people are left with long-lasting pain called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) for years after the initial rash has healed.

Very rarely, shingles or complications from it can be fatal.

How common is shingles?
Around 1 in 5 people who have had chickenpox (usually in childhood) go on to develop shingles. That means that 10s of thousands of people in England and Wales will get shingles each year.

Shingles Vaccine - Zostavax
Zostavax, the Shingles Vaccine, is now available at our clinic in Glasgow.
The vaccine has a product license for people aged 50 and over, and can be administered to anyone able to receive a live vaccine. (The main categories of people who should not receive live vaccines are people with reduced or suppressed immunity, including those taking high doses of steroids or during pregnancy.) The vaccine is given once only. It can be administered "off-label" to individuals aged less than 50 at the doctor's discretion.
Further information can be found at on the following link: Zostavax

Vaccine Course: The vaccine is given once only.

Vaccine Price
Zostavax - Cost: £220 (which includes the appointment fee) 


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