Ask the doctor: My GP won’t give me the shingles jab

“It was $300 but it was worth it,” she says. For information on a given medication, check our Drug Information database. If blisters occur near or in the eye, lasting eye damage or blindness may result. It begins with a burning sensation in the skin, followed by a rash of very painful fluid-filled blisters that can then burst and turn into sores before healing. For individuals that cannot afford the shingles vaccine, there are assistance programs available to make the vaccine more affordable. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to book an appointment for the vaccine, please see our Reception Staff. Some women feel more comfortable with a female doctor or practice nurse – maybe this is a possibility for you.

People with HIV may be up to 25 times more likely to get shingles than the rest of the population. Occasionally, severe cases may involve the eyes and affect vision. Can shingles be prevented? Can a person who has been vaccinated for chicken pox but never had the disease get shingles? Another factor is that shingles is both more dangerous and more likely in people with compromised immune systems, whether from HIV, immunosuppressant drugs or chemotherapy. The optimal treatment time is within 72 hours of onset of the rash. • People who have weakened immune systems, for example due to cancer treatment, should not have the vaccine.

So you can only get shingles on one side of your body at a time. Adults age 60 years or older can receive a single dose of the shingles vaccine called Zostavax®. And that means just about everyone. Prescription medication can be used to settle down the emotional stress that may have contributed to the break-out. If your immune system is weakened, possibly as a result of a cold, extreme stress or old age, the viruses in the nerve roots can start to multiply again, and can enter the skin after moving along the affected nerve. However about 40-50% of persons do not respond to any treatment. But, the virus can be spread to a person who has never had chicken pox.

The amount of cost-sharing (money you have to pay) for vaccination varies. Their risk of a second case is about the same as the risk of getting a first case. 40 per cent of sufferers will have long-lasting pain due to permanent nerve damage, according to the Shingles Support Society. I have scar tissue on my lung due to previous pneumonia and broken ribs. That chance increases tremendously for patients over age 60. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. As we age, our cellular immunity necessary to suppress the virus within us declines.

We’ll shortly be advising GPs to offer shingles vaccine to the next eligible cohorts, so if you’re eligible to receive the vaccine during 2016, we’d urge you to get your vaccine in the coming weeks before it is offered to the next age groups. A small number have lingering severe pain, called post-herpetic neuralgia, along the nerve that was irritated when the virus came back. When reactivated in later years, the virus erupts into extremely painful shingles-like lesions. Consult your doctor about your options. The risk of getting shingles increases as you age. And, in those situations it is helpful to get the shingles vaccine. The most common cancers in children are leukemia and brain and spinal cord cancers.

I did find it interesting and very important as to who should NOT get the shot. Another common complication is herpes zoster ophthalmicus, which affects the skin around the eye and can threaten the person’s vision. “It felt like either I had a pinched nerve or that just someone was constantly stabbing me,” she explained. As it turns out, anyone can who has had chicken pox can get shingles—that means 95 percent of adults are at risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Call Trinity Medical Group today to discuss the schedule for getting the shingles vaccine. Your risk of shingles increases as you get older. My daughter had a bad case of chickenpox when she was 2 years old and was covered in spots.

Shingles is caused by the “sleeping” chicken pox virus becoming active and causing a painful blistering rash, at most any age. After you’ve recovered from chickenpox the varicella-zoster virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and can reactivate at a later stage when your immune system is weakened. When a rash popped up on top of the pain, an internet search led her to the diagnosis. Your risk for getting shingles begins to rise around age 50. The vaccine will help protect them against the common and painful skin disease and its complications. There are an estimated 1 million cases of shingles each year in this country.