About shingles

What is the shingles virus?

The varicella zoster virus, also known as the shingles virus, is the same virus that causes the chickenpox.

If you have had the chickenpox, and that’s over 90% of adults, your immune system has kept the shingles virus hidden.

However, as we age our immune system naturally weakens. As a result, the shingles virus may reactivate, increasing the risk of developing shingles.

What are some shingles symptoms?

Shingles can result in a painful and blistering rash that can last several weeks.

  • The pain from shingles can be severe, disabling and may interfere with doing normal day-to-day activities including walking, sleeping and social activities.
  • It may also lead to serious complications such as long-lasting nerve pain (also called postherpetic neuralgia or PHN), which can last for months or years.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Burning, numbness, or tingling
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vision problems
  • Loss of hearing

What does shingles look like?

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Introducing SHINGRIX

A new vaccine against shingles

SHINGRIX is a vaccine that helps protect adults against shingles (also called herpes zoster).

As we age, the risk of getting shingles increases. SHINGRIX is specially designed for adults 50 years of age and older to help the body build its protection against shingles, regardless of increasing age.

In clinical trials, SHINGRIX was shown to be over 90% effective at preventing shingles for people 50 years of age and older.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to find out if SHINGRIX is right for you.

What you need to know about receiving the SHINGRIX vaccine

  • You will receive two SHINGRIX doses, with a gap of 2 to 6 months between doses.
  • The first dose can be given from the age of 50.

When you get your first dose, ask your doctor or pharmacist to schedule your next dose. To maximize the protection offered by SHINGRIX, it is important that you get both doses.

What you need to know about receiving the SHINGRIX vaccine

Need help remembering your second dose? Sign up for an email or text reminder and add your second dose date to your calendar using the SHINGRIX Reminder Tool!

Reminder Tool

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Tools for you

The following tools and information are available to help you with your SHINGRIX vaccine. Please take a moment to review the information.

FAQs

What is shingles?

Shingles is a serious disease that commonly results in a painful, blistering rash that can last several weeks. The pain from shingles may be severe, disabling and may interfere with doing normal day-to-day activities.

Yes, the chickenpox and shingles are the result of the same virus, varicella zoster.

Shingles can result in a painful and blistering rash that can last several weeks.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Burning, numbness, or tingling
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of vision
  • Hearing problems

In clinical trials, SHINGRIX has been shown to be effective four years after the last SHINGRIX dose. However, the efficacy of SHINGRIX beyond four years is currently under investigation. Ask your doctor if you would like more information.

No, SHINGRIX is only used to help prevent shingles in people 50 years of age and older.

Anyone 50 years of age or older can get SHINGRIX to help prevent shingles, except for those with a known allergy to any of the vaccine ingredients.

SHINGRIX is a vaccine that helps protect adults 50 years of age and older against shingles (herpes zoster). SHINGRIX may not fully protect all people who are vaccinated. Very common adverse events (>10% of doses) reported in clinical trials were pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, headache, stomach and digestive complaints, muscle pain, tiredness, chills, and fever. Most side effects were mild or moderate, lasting no more than 3 days. Allergic reactions may also occur. Ask your healthcare professional if SHINGRIX is right for you. Full product information can be found at http://gsk.ca/shingrix/en. To report an adverse event, please call 1-800-387-7374.