March 27, 2018



Almost everyone is at risk of shingles because they are likely to have been exposed to chickenpox, even if they have no history of clinical chickenpox, or have had a chickenpox vaccine. Following chickenpox infection the virus lies dormant in the nerves near the spine and may re-emerge many years later as shingles. Shingles most commonly affects older adults or people of any age with a weakened immune system.

From 1 April 2018, one dose of Zostavax will be funded for adults aged 65 years. A 'catch-up' programme will be available for the first two years, for people aged from 66–80 years inclusively. Funded vaccine doses will only be available through general practice.


You can only get shingles if you’ve had chickenpox in the past (usually as a child).

Shingles is also called herpes zoster.

It is most common in people over 50 years of age, but young people can get it as well.

Causes of shingles

After you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It moves to the roots of your nerve cells (near the spinal cord) and becomes inactive (dormant). Later, if the virus becomes active again, shingles is the name given to the symptoms it causes.

It is not known what exactly causes the virus to become active again, but there are several possibilities:

  • a weakened immune system (eg, by immune-suppressing medicines, another illness or after major surgery)
  • a complication of cancer or AIDS
  • long-term use of cortisone-type drugs
  • after the skin is injured or sunburned
  • emotional stress.

You can’t catch shingles from someone else. However, if you’ve never had chickenpox, you may get chickenpox from close contact with someone who has shingles – because the blisters contain the chickenpox virus.


PAPAMOA PINES are holding special clinics for the Shingles Vaccine from Wednesday 3rd April 2018

The clinics will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays

To see if you are eligible for this free vaccine - please call our reception team to make an appointment


Domain Road  07 5422450

Palm SPrings  07 281 1406






























































































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