MUMS Private GPs offer the Shingles vaccine to prevent shingles and post herpetic neuralgia for people over the age of 50. Only one dose is required
The cost of the vaccine is £180.00
This Vaccine is recommended to be administered within a £85.00 GP Consultation with comprehensive advice. However, you may wish to have the vaccination only without a consultation which costs £25.00
Undergoing vaccination can offer protection from both chickenpox and shingles.
MUMS offer the herpes zoster vaccine.
Shingles is a viral infection that results from the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. It typically affects a single sensory nerve ganglion and the skin surface that the nerve supplies.
Anyone who has had chickenpox can later develop shingles.
However, a person can only develop shingles if they have had chickenpox or exposure to the virus that causes it. This virus can lie dormant for years.
Shingles is most common after the age of 50 years, but it can appear at any age if a person has previously had chickenpox.
Shingles usually affects one side of the body. This is most often the waist, chest, abdomen, or back. Symptoms can also appear on the face and in the eyes, mouth, ears. The pain results from nerve involvement, rather than the rash itself.
A blistering skin rash may appear in one or more distinct bands with sensory nerves of the skin, called dermatomes.
Common locations for this include:
It usually occurs only on one side of the body.
Shingles usually lasts around 2–4 weeks. It is contagious until the blisters dry up and crust over.
Most people will only have an episode of shingles once, but it can recur in some people.