Shingles is a disease that causes painful rashes that are usually localized on the face or torso. Rashes are usually limited to one side of the body and some people describe the pain as an intense burning sensation. The eruptions turn into scabs between 7 and 10 days and disappear within two to four weeks.
For some people, pain may persist for months or even years after the rash is gone. This complication is called post-zosterian neuralgia and is one of the most common complications of shingles. Your risk of developing shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia increases with age. Adults aged 50 years and over are advised to be vaccinated against this disease. Get an appointment online at our clinic for your vaccination.
Should I get vaccinated for shingles?
If you are 50 years old or older, it is recommended that you get vaccinated against shingles. This disease comes from the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have ever had chickenpox, you are likely to have shingles. It is also possible to get vaccinated if you have already contracted shingles, to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. There is no maximum age to get the vaccine.
You do not get shingles from someone who has shingles. On the other hand, you can get chickenpox from direct contact with the shingles caused by shingles.
Make an appointment at our clinic to discuss the risks and benefits of being vaccinated against shingles.
Which vaccine should you choose to protect yourself?
The Zostavax® vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine available since 2008. It is effective at about 65% in preventing shingles and its effectiveness decreases with age. If shingles occurs despite vaccination, the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia decreases by almost 50%, according to a large study of more than 38,000 adults aged 50 years. A single dose of this vaccine is recommended. The protection of the shingles vaccine is at least 5 years old.
Possible side effects of Zostavax vaccine include pain, redness, or swelling at the vaccine injection site. It is also possible to feel itching and heat at the place where the vaccine was administered.
The live attenuated vaccine against shingles is safe and in the majority of cases it does not cause any reaction.
Which vaccine should you choose to protect yourself? Option 2:
The Shingrix® vaccine is an inactivated vaccine and has been available since January 2018. It reduces the risk of shingles by 97% and this effectiveness does not decrease with age. When shingles occurs despite vaccination, the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia decreases by 90%.
Two doses are needed to ensure the effectiveness of the vaccine. The majority of reactions are benign and short-lived, although they are more common than those associated with Zostavax vaccine. In 17% of cases, reactions caused by the vaccine can prevent the continuation of daily activities for 1 to 2 days and are less frequent in older people (redness, heat, swelling at the site of injection, muscle pain, fatigue headache, fever and chills). In addition, they may be felt a little more often after the second dose.