Shingles vaccination programme launched for people aged 70, 78 and 79

This article lists medications by their common names. If you get a rash after having the vaccination you should seek advice from your GP. Wet compresses, anti-bacterial ointment and colloidal oatmeal baths are suggested to help relieve itching. Blisters will also crust over and heal faster. Why does shingles pain go on and on? If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the shingles vaccine was also effective in individuals between ages 50 and 59.

Vaccination is the only way to reduce your risk of Shingles and PHN. Yes, but those who had the chicken pox vaccination in childhood are less likely to develop zoster than those who were naturally infected. This vaccination programme is a debacle, and seems to be driven by a policy of cost-cutting and rationing. They may get infected and feel even more sore. Your provider is the best person to advise you about your particular risks. Ask your doctor before you take aspirin, as it can cause Reye Syndrome, a rare condition that occurs mostly in children and teens and causes swelling of the liver and brain. The Department of Health decides who is eligible and the GPs have no control over this.

New blisters may appear for up to a week, but about three days after appearing they become yellowish in colour, flatten and dry out. If not treated immediately, the paralysis can become permanent, resulting in a drooping eyelid or corner of the mouth. This is especially important for people who are exposed to chickenpox and do not have immunity against the disease and are not eligible for vaccination. In general, only about one to four percent of people who have shingles once go on to have a recurrence. Coverage under Medicare Part D instead of Part B, like most vaccines, so that patients may have to pay up front, hassle with paperwork and then get reimbursed. Pertussis, better known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the respiratory system that causes spasms of severe coughing. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the merger between Merck and Schering-Plough, including future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts.


Cold compresses, soothing baths, such as oatmeal or starch, and lotions such as calamine may help to relieve any itching and pain. Can shingles be infectious? Before childhood vaccination for the virus became routine, 90 percent of children in the United States got chicken pox before the age of 10. In 2011, the FDA also approved the vaccine for people over 50, but without a CDC recommendation for that age span, insurers rarely cover it. Todd Fristo, a family physician with Saint Luke’s Medical Group. Increasing age increases the incidence and morbidity of shingles. This is because you may have been exposed to chickenpox when you were a child, but did not develop the rash.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the vaccine for use in persons 50 years of age and older. Influenza Common influenza causes fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache, and muscle aches. * ZOSTAVAX® II is not indicated to treat pain and complications associated with HZ. • Why is shingles vaccination needed? It can occur at any age, but is most common in people who are over 50. Not only did the pain not go away, a patch of itchy, scabby blisters broke out in its place not two days later. Pain from shingles has been described as excruciating, aching, burning, stabbing and shock-like.

It commonly lasts for around four weeks. It lies dormant for years, often even for decades, but then something happens to reactivate it. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine. It is still possible for people who have been vaccinated against chicken pox to get shingles. Executive VP, Clinical Health Policy; Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint Inc Samuel R. The rash commonly affects one area of the body, often the chest, and can last up to four weeks. When it reemerges, it causes shingles.

Adults over 60 are most vulnerable to shingles, but in 2009, only 10 percent of this population was vaccinated. But, it’s not necessarily confined to just them anymore. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body in a dormant (inactive) state. Caused by the same virus associated with chickenpox, shingles is more common and serious in older adults. The vaccine already was approved for people age 60 and older. Children might soon be vaccinated against chicken pox, according to recent reports. I had chicken pox @ age 50, when should I get the shingles vaccine?

Dear Dr. There are an estimated 1 million cases of shingles each year in this country.