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How to Prevent Shingles | Shingles Awareness Week 2024

Updated: Mar 5

What is shingles?

Shingles is a severely painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus which causes chickenpox (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthdirect).

Herpes zoster in Asia has been estimated to be 5.0 per 1,000 person-years (PY). Advanced age, immunosuppressed status, and physical trauma are known reactivation factors of the virus.

Am I at risk of having shingles?

Shingles can occur at any age. However, here are some things to take note of:

  • As you get older, your risk for having shingles and serious complications increases

    • It is most common in people over 50 years, one reason can be attributed to having a weakened immune system

  • You can’t catch shingles from someone who has shingles

  • If you had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles

    • You can get chickenpox from someone who has shingles if you have never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine.

How to lower my risk of having shingles?

Get vaccinated if you're:

  • aged 50 years and over

  • 18 years or older with a weak immune system

You have a weakened immune system if you:

  • have HIV and AIDS

  • are having cancer treatment

  • have had an organ transplant or bone marrow transplant

  • are receiving other treatment that affects their immune system

GSK Shingrix Shingles Vaccine

If you want to lower your risk of developing Shingles, you may get vaccinated now. The Shingles vaccine is a LIFETIME VACCINE highly recommended for ages 50 and above.


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