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Shingrix, Shingles Vaccine Price
Single Shingrix, Shingles Vaccination £299
Course of Treatment: 2 doses £598
Price per course including nurse fee £618
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Shingrix - Shingles Vaccination

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a very painful rash. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox and can affect anyone who has previously had the chickenpox. It is most common in people over the age of 50 and the risk increases with age, but can affect younger people too, particularly women. Certain diseases that weaken your immune system (such as HIV and cancer), also increase your risk.

It is not uncommon for people to get recurrent cases of shingles which can be a painful nuisance. Shingles is generally an unpleasant virus that can last up to 5 weeks and while it can usually be treated with medication, it can cause more severe cases which can lead to vision loss or eye damage, pain lasting several years and can even be fatal.

Luckily, shingles is a preventable disease and the Shingrix vaccine is available.

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Who should have the Shingles vaccine?

In general shingrix is recommended for people aged 50 and over.

As your immune system gets weaker naturally as you age, your risk of developing shingles increases. Individuals are able to get the vaccination earlier which would offer protection from an earlier age.

How many doses of the Shingles vaccine are required?

For maximum protection two doses of the Shingrix vaccine are required.

The second vaccination should be administered two to six months after the initial vaccination. A completed course offers up to 90% protection against shingles.

How is Shingles passed on?

Shingles itself is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox, which can lay dormant in a person’s body after infection.

You cannot catch shingles from someone who’s infected. If someone who’s never had chickenpox or had the chickenpox vaccination is in direct contact with someone infected with shingles, they will catch chickenpox rather than shingles. It is possible for them to later develop shingles.

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What is Shingles?

Shingles is a painful, blistering rash.

It is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, usually from childhood infection. The risk of shingles rises considerably from the age of 50 onwards, which is why the vaccine is most commonly given to those aged 50 and over. Although, shingles can affect people in their 30s and 40s as well.

In the UK, 90% of the adult population get chickenpox during childhood. 25% of these adults will suffer from shingles and of these, 20% may develop long-term complications such as localised nerve pain – lasting up to six or seven years.

What are the symptoms of shingles?

The symptoms of shingles include:

  • Tingling or painful sensation on the skin
  • Headache
  • Generally feeling unwell
  • A red, blotchy rash appearing on only one side of the body
  • Red, sore eye

How does the Shingles vaccine work?

The Shingrix vaccine combines a non-live antigen with a protein found in the herpes zoster virus.

This prompts the immune system to respond by producing antibodies to this specific virus. The body is then able to fight off possible future infections.

Book your shingrix vaccination online

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Shingrix, Shingles Vaccine Price
Single Shingrix, Shingles Vaccination £299
Course of Treatment: 2 doses £598
Price per course including nurse fee £618
Prepaid Package Deal: £550
To book call or email our reception team

Fleet Street Clinic is not a VAT registered company

FAQs

No vaccine offers complete 100% protection as each individual’s body reacts differently to produce antibodies. Those having the shingrix vaccine develop up to 90% protection against the shingles virus, making it unlikely to catch shingles following a complete 2-dose course. Previously, the best option was the zostervax vaccine which offered 51% protection. So Shingrix offer much more protection.

As with most vaccinations a reaction at the site of injection such as pain, swelling and redness is the most common side effect but is short-lasting. Other common side effects can include fever, tiredness, headache and some digestive symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. These reactions should last not longer than 2-3 days. You can seek advice from your doctor if they concern you.

The NHS does have a shingles vaccination programme for those aged 70 years up until 79 years. They offer the zostervax vaccine which offers 51% protection. Shingrix which offers up to 90% protection is currently only available privately and the vaccination used at Fleet Street Clinic.

You can have shingrix vaccine from the age of 18 years old and older. It is less common for younger individuals to get vaccinated and is usually for those with other health conditions. It is more common for those aged 50 and older to get vaccinated. If you are thinking about getting the shingles vaccine, you can speak with your doctor prior to vaccination to confirm your suitability.

Zostervax and Shingrix are two different types of shingles vaccines. They offer vastly different protection. Zostervax has been available for much longer than shingrix and only offers 51% protection. Meaning there is still quite a high risk of you catching shingles. Whereas Shingrix offers up to 90% protection meaning you are considerably less likely to suffer from shingles.

Shingles is the reactivation of the chickenpox in adults. It can occur when your immune system is low and this can be due to a health complication or down to older age. Typically individuals tend to experience shingles once in their lifetime but it can leave lifelong complications. In some circumstances shingles can reappear throughout someone’s life.

It is not guaranteed you will get shingles if you’ve had chickenpox, however, shingles is the reactivation of the chickenpox so there is an higher chance of having shingles if you’ve had chickenpox.