Shingles Vaccination (One Dose - Requires Two Doses)
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Shingles Vaccination protects against shingles, requires two doses.

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Shingles Vaccination (One Dose - Requires Two Doses)

Overview

Understanding Shingles Vaccination

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in the body and can reactivate years later, causing shingles. It is most common in people over 50 and those with weakened immune systems.

Prevention

The Shingrix vaccine is the preferred method for preventing shingles. It is given in two doses, with the second dose administered 2 to 6 months after the first. This vaccination schedule is recommended to ensure optimal protection against the virus.

Who’s at Risk?

Individuals over the age of 50, those with weakened immune systems due to conditions like HIV or cancer, and people who have had chickenpox are at a higher risk of developing shingles.

Key Takeaways

  • Shingles is a painful rash caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus.
  • The Shingrix vaccine is recommended for adults 50 years and older to prevent shingles.
  • Shingrix is administered in two doses, with the second dose following 2 to 6 months after the first.
  • The vaccine is over 90% effective at preventing shingles and postherpetic neuralgia.
  • The cost of the Shingles vaccination in the UK ranges from £100 to £200 per dose.
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Typical Costs & Insurance

The cost of Shingles Vaccination can vary depending on the Private Provider that you choose. Enter your postcode and click search to compare the cost of Shingles Vaccination directly on Odycy to find the best Shingles Vaccination prices near you.

The cost of Shingles Vaccination may be covered by private health insurance plans, depending on the specifics of the policy. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered.

For those without insurance or if insurance doesn't cover the cost of Shingles Vaccination, self-pay options are available.

If you need to pay out of pocket to cover the cost of Shingles Vaccination then finding an affordable option is easier with Odycy - enter your postcode and search for the service you need. You'll be able to directly compare Private Provider prices from the best Private Provider's near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shingles Vaccination?

Shingles vaccination is an immunization practice using the Shingrix vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, in adults aged 50 and older.

Who should get the Shingles Vaccination?

Adults 50 years and older are recommended to receive the Shingles vaccination to prevent the disease and its complications.

How effective is the Shingles Vaccination?

The Shingles vaccination is over 90% effective at preventing shingles and the long-term pain complication known as postherpetic neuralgia.

What is the vaccination schedule for Shingles?

The Shingles vaccination schedule consists of two doses, with the second dose administered 2 to 6 months after the first.

Can I get the Shingles Vaccination if I've already had shingles?

Yes, even if you've had shingles, you can receive the Shingles vaccination to help prevent future occurrences.

Further Information

Additional Information

Shingles can lead to serious complications, including postherpetic neuralgia, which causes severe pain in the areas where the shingles rash occurred. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent shingles and its complications.

References

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