Shingles is a viral infection that affects the nerves and skin known as herpes zoster. It is caused by the dormant varicella zoster virus reactivating. (This is the same virus that causes chickenpox.)
Your risk of shingles increases with age and you’re more likely to get shingles if you have a weakened immune system.
You can’t pass on shingles to someone while you have shingles but you can pass on chickenpox to someone while you have shingles if they’ve not had it before.
The vaccine is the best way at preventing getting shingles and is suitable for those over 50.
The course is one dose.
The shingles vaccine is a live vaccine, which means it contains a weakened form of the virus.
At Monkbar Pharmacy, we offer the shingles vaccine as a private service.
The shingles vaccine is not always kept on site and usually needs to be ordered prior to vaccination. Please ring us after making your booking to ensure that we have the stock available for your appointment.
All our regular pharmacists at Monkbar Pharmacy have been administering vaccinations for over 6 years. We aim to make the experience as totally stress-free as possible and are very accommodating and patient with those that have a fear of injections.