WHY GET VACCINE?
Shingles can be very painful and the older you are, the worse it can be. Although most people fully recover from shingles, some can be left with long-term nerve pain that continues for months or even years after the blisters and rash have healed – this is called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN).
The older you are, the higher the chance of developing PHN as a result of shingles. The vaccine not only helps reduce your risk of developing shingles, but can lessen the severity and duration of any symptoms if you do, as well as cutting your risk of developing PHN.
WHO IS SUITABLE FOR THE SHINGLES VACCINATION?
It can be given to people aged 50 or over. You can have the vaccination year-round and can even choose to have it at the same time as the winter flu vaccination. And if you’ve had shingles before, you can still have the vaccination provided it’s been over 1 year since you have had shingles.
WHO SHOULD NOT GET THE SHINGLES VACCINE?
It’s not recommended for those who have a condition, take medicines or are receiving treatment that weakens their immune system, pregnant women or anyone who’s had a previous shingles vaccination. You shouldn’t have the vaccine if you have a history of severe allergic reaction to any of the shingles vaccine components.
If you’re in any doubt, talk to your pharmacist, who can give you more information about the vaccination and advise whether it’s suitable for you.
HOW DO I AVAIL OF THE VACCINATION SERVICE?
The cost of this service is €200.00
Occasionally, people develop side-effects after a shingles vaccination but most usually aren’t serious:
It’s important you remain in store for 15 minutes after your vaccination, in case you experience any immediate side-effects.
Sometimes, a severe allergic reaction can occur. Signs include hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness and weakness. If this happens, we have procedures in place to deal with this condition.
If you develop a chickenpox-like rash after being vaccinated, you should avoid direct contact with people who haven’t had it until your rash is dry and crusted, e.g. infants.
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