The VCH Travel Clinic is now offering a new shingles vaccine that offers better protection than the previous vaccine.
Shingles is a painful skin rash and is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you've had chickenpox the virus "sleeps" (is dormant) in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever. In others, the virus "wakes up" when disease, stress, aging, or some medications weaken the immune system.
If you have had chickenpox you are at risk of getting shingles
The risk increases after age 50
About 1 in 3 people will experience shingles in their lifetime
By age 85, 1 in 2 will have had shingles
A new vaccine, Shingrix, provides 97% protection against shingles for people aged 50 to 69 and 91% protection for people 70 and older.
Shingrix is a killed vaccine and is safe for people who are immunocompromised (whereas Zostavax, the previous vaccine, is live and cannot be given to immunocompromised people).
Shingrix is now available at the VCH Travel Clinic. It is given as two doses two to six months apart at a cost of $150 per dose.
Contact the VCH Travel Clinic.