Our Central London Clinic offers a private service for the Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax).
Shingles can be a very painful condition, with long-lasting implications for your health. Shingles is most likely to affect people over the age of 50 but can affect younger people as well.
The vaccine is currently only available on the NHS to people in certain age ranges. We believe that the vaccine should be available more widely, and are able to offer it on a private basis.
Our private shingles vaccine service is performed by experienced doctors and nurses who will be able to answer any of your concerns. You’ll also be able to find out more about other vaccines that may be relevant to your health, such as pneumonia and flu vaccines.
The Fleet Street Clinic specialises in vaccines and is one of the UK’s most respected independent specialist centres.
Shingles is caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus, usually following infection in the past. The incidence of shingles rises from the age of 50 onwards, which is why the vaccine is most commonly offered to over 50s. However, shingles can often affect people in their 30s and 40s as well. The incidence of shingles is higher in women than in men.
In the UK, 90% of the adult population will have had chickenpox during childhood. 25% of these adults will suffer from shingles and some point in their lives, and of these, 20% may develop long-term complications such as localised pain arising from the nerves that are affected – often lasting up to six or seven years.
We would encourage anyone eligible for vaccination against shingles on the NHS to take up the offer of vaccination. However, the vaccine may also be given outside the eligible NHS age ranges and in our view, all adults over the age of 50 should be protected where possible.
The shingles vaccine contains live virus. People who should not receive live vaccines include: anyone with reduced or suppressed immunity, anyone undergoing treatment with high doses of steroids, and women during pregnancy.
The vaccine consists of a modified form of the herpes zoster virus that does not cause disease. Side effects are the normal side effects experienced with other vaccines, such as redness and soreness at the site of the injection. Rarely, a chickenpox-like rash may occur at the injection site. Patients cannot get shingles from this vaccine.
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