Shingles Vaccine

Shingles Vaccine

Everyone is at risk!

Vaccination is required to prevent shingles

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a disease caused by a virus that also causes chickenpox. The virus that causes chickenpox never leaves your body, and once it develops symptoms, the hidden virus can spread along nerves to the skin or to different parts of your body. It is difficult for us to predict the severity of shingles, so preventive vaccination should be received as soon as possible before shingles develop. The herpes zoster vaccine can reduce the chance of infection by half for those vaccinated in the age of 50-80. Also, it can also help reduce the neuralgia after recovering from shingles, or the severity when it relapses.

Swindon Medical provides the “SHINGRIX (Zoster) Vaccine of the new generation”

    Name of the Vaccine:
      SHINGRIX (intramuscular injection in the arm)
    Suitable for:
      Aged 50 or above
    Number of doses:
      2 doses

Swindon Medical uses the “SHINGRIX (Zoster) Vaccine”

    • The only one with more than 90% prevention effectiveness
    • The overall prevention effectiveness is as high as 97%
    • 6% prevention effectiveness for persons aged 50 or above
    • Up to 100% prevention of Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN) in persons aged 50 or above
    • Recommended by CDC as the first choice for Zoster vaccine
    • The CDC recommends that people aged 50 or above be vaccinated with Shingrix regardless of whether they have received the attenuated zoster vaccine before.
    • Up to 93.7% of people aged 50 or above can prevent complications caused by shingles

After the age of 50, the risk of shingles increases greatly

If you have chickenpox before, you have to receive a SHINGRIX Vaccine!

To avoid being sick, contact us immediately

Raised red bumps and blisters caused by the shingles virus

What is shingles?

Shingles (medically known as herpes zoster, or zoster) is a banded rash caused by the varicella (chickenpox) virus hidden in the body. After chickenpox is cured, the virus will hide in the nerves of the human body in a dormant state, and may become active again later on and cause shingles. Therefore, those who have had chickenpox are high-risk individuals for shingles. Shingles can last for up to 30 days, and any place where the nerves and skin are connected may develop shingles. The severe pain caused is far beyond you could imagine.

Everyone may develop shingles?


Shingles is more painful than giving birth!

Virus spreading to different areas will result in different symptoms. In severe cases, it can lead to facial nerve paralysis, vision loss, and even blindness or deafness.
    • A rash with blisters (usually on one side of the face or body)
    • The blisters will spread into banded “blister clusters”
    • Stinging, burning, numbness in the affected areas
    • Neuralgia (can last for months, or even years)
    • Fever, muscle pain, or headache

Up to 30% of patients will develop postherpetic neuralgia
Patients often suffer from months or even years of neuralgia feeling like:

Being stinged

Being burnt

Receiving an electric shock

Potential Complications:

    • Acute viral Encephalitis
    • Stroke
    • Facial paralysis
    • Shingles in the eyes

Are you a high-risk individual for shingles?

  1. Aged 50 or above
  2. Family history of shingles
  3. Immunocompromised persons (cancer, AIDS patients)
  4. Autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease)
  5. Respiratory diseases (asthma, chronic obstructive pneumonia)
  6. Chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease)
  7. Psychological pressure
  8. Depression
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After the age of 50, the risk of shingles increases greatly

If you have chickenpox before, you have to receive a SHINGRIX vaccine!

To avoid being sick, contact us immediately

FAQs on Shingles Vaccine

Generally speaking, it is true that people aged 50 or above have a higher risk of developing shingles. But relatively younger generations also have shingles cases. As long as a person is under a lot of stress, does not have enough sleep and weakened immunity, he/she may develop shingles.
Everyone has different symptoms and reactions to herpes zoster infection. Some people may not have obvious symptoms but only mild rash or pain, and they don’t know that they have actually contracted chickenpox. Once you have chickenpox, you will definitely have a chance to develop shingles. Therefore, in order to ensure your health, it is still recommended to get vaccinated against shingles.
Shingles is not fatal but may result in serious complications. A relatively common situation is that the wound on the patient’s skin is infected and inflamed. Some people develop postherpetic neuralgia after suffering from shingles, and that pain will last for several months, years or even longer. If herpes zoster unfortunately spread to your eyes, it may affect your vision and even cause blindness. If the herpes zoster unfortunately spread to your ears, it may affect your hearing and even cause deafness. As long as it is a body part with a nerve cord, the virus may spread there.
Human nerve chords are usually found on the left and right sides of the body. Therefore, shingles is usually found on either side, and the chance of coinfection on both sides is extremely low. If shingles develops on both sides of the body at the same time, this means that the patient’s resistance is abnormally low, and is more prone to serious complications. The risk of death will indeed be higher.
In the early stages, patients may experience headaches, malaise, and even fever. Days after the onset, the patient may experience a stinging pain even without touching the onset location. In addition, some parts of the skin may feel numb or itchy. Then a red rash will appear after 1 to 3 days, and the severity varies from person to person. Some patients will develop blisters afterwards. The blisters are easy to break, and then scab. The skin discomfort caused by herpes zoster usually heals within 2-3 weeks, but the subsequent neuralgia may last for a week or even several months, depending on each person’s situation.
Although both are caused by the same virus, but chickenpox is not comparable to shingles. Normally, chickenpox causes hundreds of itchy blisters on the patient’s body, and usually recovers within 5-7 days. The symptoms of shingles may last for a month, and may cause complications and sequelae.
Usually, if you have just recovered from shingles, there should be antibody protection in your body, and there is no need to get vaccinated in the short term. However, the antibody level will gradually decrease over time. According to international guidelines, it is recommended to be vaccinated against herpes zoster one year after developing shingles. Note that people who have shingles before may relapse, so they should remain mindful of this.
The shingles vaccine only has a preventive effect and does not have any therapeutic effect. However, vaccination against herpes zoster can allow the vaccinated person to have relatively mild symptoms even after the onset of the disease, and reduce the risk of sequelae. When a person starts having shingles, some would describe it as an acute pain, which is greater than after surgery or even childbirth. As for postherpetic neuralgia, it is described as feeling like being stinged, burnt, or even received an electric shock. Pigmentation may appear on the affected part of the body, causing the skin to appear bruised. It will take at least a few months for it to disappear gradually, but in some serious cases, it will last forever and form scars.
Doctors don’t tell patients to avoid certain food. However, patients usually develop shingles because of weak resistance. They should indeed pay attention to a balanced diet,make sure to drink adequate water and to have proper sleep and rest. They should try to avoid eating raw and cold food and overnight food when they are developing shingles.
It is not accurate to describe shingles as contagious. Shingles is caused by the hidden virus in the body, and it will not infect others through social contact. However, if someone has not had chickenpox, and those people accidentally touch the herpes zoster virus in the shingles patient’s wound or blister, they may be infected with chickenpox. But it is not shingles. For people who have had chickenpox, as mentioned above, shingles and chickenpox originate from the same virus, and they have antibodies themselves, so they will not be infected.

After the age of 50, the risk of shingles increases greatly

If you have chickenpox before, you have to receive a SHINGRIX vaccine!

To avoid being sick, contact us immediately