What is shingles?
Shingles is a rash with blisters that is often painful. It usually occurs in one part of the body and can last for several weeks. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have had chickenpox, the virus that caused it stays in your body in nerve cells. Sometimes, after many years, if your immune system (the body’s natural defences) becomes weaker (due to age, an illness, or a medicine you are taking), the virus can cause shingles.
Shingrix is a vaccine that helps to protect adults against shingles (herpes zoster) and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), the long-lasting nerve pain that follows shingles.
Shingrix is given to
- Adults 50 years and above
- Adults 18 years and above who are at increased risk of shingles
Number of doses required: 2