GETTING YOUR FLU SHOT?

ASK ABOUT SHINGRIX TOO!*

*SHINGRIX can be given at the same time as the unadjuvanted seasonal influenza vaccine. The vaccines should be given at different injection sites.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)
and the Comité sur l'immunisation du Québec (CIQ)
recommend SHINGRIX for adults 50 years of age and older.1,2

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

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 chickenpox, and that’s over 90% of adults, your immune system may have been able to keep the virus under control.

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 vision
  • Upset stomach
  • Loss of hearing

What does shingles look like?

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Risk Quiz

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1. True or false?

Chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus.

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True – Correct! Shingles and chickenpox are caused by the same virus – varicella zoster. If you have had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles.

False – Incorrect – It is true that shingles and chickenpox are caused by the same virus – varicella zoster. If you have had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles.


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2. Complete this sentence:

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Incorrect – over 90% of Canadian adults have had chickenpox and are therefore at risk for shingles.

90% - Correct! Over 90% of Canadian adults have had chickenpox and are therefore at risk for shingles.


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3. True or false?

As we age, our immune system naturally weakens.

TRUE FALSE

True – Correct! As we age, our immune system naturally weakens. As a result, the shingles virus may reactivate, increasing the risk of developing shingles.

False – Incorrect! It is true that as we age, our immune system naturally weakens. As a result, the shingles virus may reactivate, increasing the risk of developing shingles.


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4. “I eat healthy and exercise regularly, so I’m not at risk of shingles.”

Do you think this statement is true or false?

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True – Incorrect! No matter how healthy you feel, as you age, your risk of getting shingles increases.

False – Correct! No matter how healthy you feel, as you age, your risk of getting shingles increases.


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Based on your answers, do you intend to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about SHINGRIX?


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SHINGRIX

A vaccine that demonstrated over 90% effectiveness in preventing shingles in people 50 years of age and older

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.

Talk to 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

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FAQs

What is shingles?
Is the virus that causes the chickenpox the same one that causes shingles?
What are some shingles symptoms?
What is SHINGRIX?
How effective is SHINGRIX?
How long does SHINGRIX, a shingles vaccine, last?
Will SHINGRIX protect against chickenpox?
Who should consider the shingles vaccine, SHINGRIX?
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Is the cost of SHINGRIX covered in my province?
Can shingles come back more than once?
Can SHINGRIX cause shingles?
How many doses of SHINGRIX are required to maximize protection?
Where can I get SHINGRIX?
What are SHINGRIX side effects?

SHINGRIX is a vaccine that helps protect adults 50 years of age and older against shingles (herpes zoster). 100% protection cannot be guaranteed. SHINGRIX is not for prevention of chickenpox or for the treatment of herpes zoster (HZ) or postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). SHINGRIX should not be used if you are allergic to any ingredient in the vaccine. 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 less than 3 days. 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.