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Shingles vaccinations

Shield yourself from Shingles

As of November 2023, the shingles vaccination has changed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection that can be nasty, especially as you get older. Shingles is the virus caused when the chickenpox virus reactivates.

Did you know one in three people will get shingles in their lifetime? If you had chickenpox as a child, you could get shingles as an adult.

It can:

  • cause a painful, blistering rash
  • bring on sudden and intense pain that can last for months
  • be very severe and debilitating
  • lead to serious illness in some cases

The free 2-course shingles vaccination is available to those at increased risk of complications from shingles. This is available to:

  • Anyone aged 65 or over
  • First Nations people aged 50 or over
  • Immunocompromised and aged 18 or over

Shingrix consists of two doses given between 2 and 6 months apart, or 1-2 months apart for those who are immunocompromised. These can be administered here at Clarendon Medical by our nurse.

If you would like to discuss if you are eligible for this vaccination, please give us a call to arrange to speak with our nurse or chat to your doctor at your next appointment.

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