What is Shingles?

Herpes-zoster (Shingles) is rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), people who have had Chickenpox are at risk of developing shingles as the virus can reactivate years later.

1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As a person gets older, the risk of getting shingles increases.

What are the Symptoms ?

Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body. The rash forms blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and clears up within 2 to 4 weeks.

Although most people recover within a few weeks, some go on to develop chronic nerve pain called post herpectic neuralgia. This may be severe and can sometimes go on for months.

How to prevent it?

A dose of shingles vaccine can be given to adults 50 years and over.

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National Shingles Vaccination Program

The shingles vaccine is provided free for people aged 70 years under the National Immunisation Program.

There is also a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years until 31 October 2021. To receive the immunisation visit your local doctor or vaccination provider