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