Shingles vaccine provided free to 70 to 79 -year-olds
The Commonwealth government are providing free Zostavax vaccines for 70 to 79-year-olds from the 1st November. VICTORIA POINT SURGERY will be running bulk billed vaccine clinics to enable patients to get these vaccines quickly, with minimal wait.
What is shingles?
– Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus, which can lie dormant in your body for a lifetime and re-emerge to cause shingles.
– Shingles is a painful blistering skin lesion which lasts several weeks. It has the complication of causing postherpetic neuralgia. With postherpetic neuralgia, the pain continues after the shingles episode has subsided. This pain can continue for many years.
97% of adults have the shingles virus within them.
– One in 3 adults will be affected by shingles in their lifetime.
– The incidence and severity of shingles increases with age.
– Shingles pain can be excruciating, often described as stabbing and burning.
– Ophthalmic Zoster, is a condition where shingles affects the eye. It occurs in 25% of cases of shingles and cause facial scarring and loss of vision.
– Shingles may increase the risk of stroke in the six months following attack.
– Postherpetic neuralgia causes pain usually described as burning or stabbing.
– There are a number of treatments available to reduce the pain but it is often difficult to completely control.
Why is the government funding this vaccination?
– Vaccination reduces the risk of developing shingles and more importantly it reduces the risk of developing postherpetic neuralgia by 67%.
– The vaccination is recommended for everyone over 55, but is only funded by the government for people between 70 and 79 years of age.
– The purchase price of the vaccine is over $200 for those who are unable to obtain it free.
– The vaccine is not recommended if you have: had a reaction to a previous vaccine, are immunocompromised, are taking methotrexate or have had shingles in the previous 12 months.
Please consider making an appointment to receive your vaccine. Phone 3207 8222 or make an appointment online through our website.