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It comes about as a result of reactivation of the chickenpox virus that can lie dormant in your body for years. The virus can be reactivated when your immune system is weakened and it can be extremely painful and uncomfortable.
Having the vaccine does not guarantee you will not get shingles, however, it will reduce your chances and if you are unfortunate enough to get shingles, it is likely that the symptoms will be milder.
The vaccine is available through our private GP service, Spire GP for those aged 50 and over and costs £275.
Appointments can be booked over the phone. Please allow 48 hours between time of booking and the appointment.
It is possible you may have headaches and/or redness and discomfort where the injection took place.
These side effects should not last any longer than a few days. If you develop a rash or the side effects last more than a few days you should consult your Spire GP or usual medical practitioner.
No, it is a one off injection.
Yes, you may have had chickenpox without knowing it.
Yes, it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.
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