Shingles is a painful rash along a nerve or nerve ganglion. These rashes occur as a result of the reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox. Sometimes the pain from shingles persists for months or even years after the rash heals. Shingles most commonly affects the chest, but it can also occur on the back, buttocks, an arm, a leg, and sometimes on the face and scalp.
People at risk:
- People aged 50 and over.
A vaccine is now available. The Shingrix © vaccine is a new vaccine that helps prevent shingles. It is intended for people aged 50 and over who have had chickenpox in the past. No prescription is required for the shingles vaccine. You just have to phone to make an appointment.