Shingles Q and A for healthcare professionals

April 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

Shingles is a common disease that can cause long-lasting, severe pain. It can cause permanent disability, and it occurs more frequently in those over 70 years old, who are also more likely to have worse symptoms

It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox varicella zoster.

A universal routine herpes zoster (shingles) vaccination programme for adults aged over 70 years started in September 2013. The aim of the universal vaccination programme is to reduce the incidence and severity of shingles disease in older people.

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