The NHS currently offers Zostavax to those aged 70, 78 and 79 (the latter two as a catch up) as part of the national vaccination programme. This is because Shingles is most common in people who are in their 70's.
Pain, fatigue and tingling
However there are many younger people that are affected by this virus and Shingles can be an really painful experience, a blistering rash accompanied by pain, fatigue and tingling that can last for weeks and make life really quite unpleasant.
Herpes Zoster Virus
The herpes zoster virus which causes both chicken pox and shingles can lie dormant in the body and can erupt as shingles at any point in life. It is particularly likely to become active under times of stress when your immune system is weakened. The vaccine works very well in those that already carry the virus - preventing it from leading to Shingles or at least making the symptoms milder and the illness shorter.
Complications of Shingles
Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), is a particularly nasty after effect of Shingles, which can last anywhere from weeks to years. PHN is the pain left behind even after the rash disappears. Approximately 13 percent of people 60 years of age and older will develop PHN.
First signs of shingles
If you are unlucky enough to develop Shingles it is important it is to seek medical attention at the first signs. The risk of developing post-herpetic neuralgia is reduced by 50% if a patient begins taking antiviral medications within 72 hours of developing the rash.
Southdowns Private Healthcare offers the Shingles vaccination to suitable patients over the age of 50.
Call us now on 01243 388712 to book your vaccination.