Shingles is the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Shingles is a common condition and the risk of shingles and related complications increases with age.
1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime.
The most common symptom of shingles is a painful, blistering rash, usually on one side of the body. People who have shingles often say the pain is excruciating, making it hard to sleep, walk or enjoy everyday life.
While shingles often resolves without complications, some people may continue to experience ongoing nerve pain for months or years after the rash has healed. Other less common complications of shingles may include infection, eye and ear problems and an increased risk of stroke.
From 1 November 2016 as part of the National Immunisation Program a free Zostavax injection will be provided to patients aged 70 to 79.
Contact Glen Forrest Medical Centre to make an appointment with the Nurse to have the injection or at your next appointment talk to the doctor about shingles prevention and treatment options.