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Shingles and Shingrix: Now with 10-year protection

It is official - Shingrix, the vaccine to prevent Shingles, has been proven to provide at least 10 years of protection.

New data found in a clinical trial conducted by GSK showed that the Shingrix vaccine is at least 89% effective 10 years after administration in people aged 50 and up. No new safety concerns were identified during the study as well.

This is heartening news and further emphasises the importance of vaccinating yourself or your loved ones against a painful disease.

To recap - Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus from its dormant stage and usually happens as we age or as our immunity wanes.

What are the symptoms of Shingles?

Some symptoms to look out for are a feeling of pain (aching, burning, stabbing) in a specific area, followed by the appearance of rashes. After 1-3 days, the patient may notice a group of blisters in the same area. Accompanying symptoms also include fever, headache or fatigue.

Who are at risk?

Studies have found that the virus can reactivate in one in three adults. The risk of shingles occurring is higher in adults above 50 due to the age-related decline in immunity. Being female, having chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and chronic heart and lung diseases, or a family history of the virus also increases the risk of the disease.

How can I go about getting the vaccine?

Whatsapp any of our clinics below to check the availability of the Shingrix vaccine before making an appointment.

Do note that the vaccine costs $448 nett (inclusive of GST) per dose and 2 doses are required.

Address: 210 Hougang Street 21, #01-233, Singapore 530210

Landline: 6243 3036

Whatsapp (message only): 8879 9404

Address: 51 Upper Serangoon Rd, #01-29 The Poiz Centre, Singapore 347697

Landline: 6242 6384

WhatsApp (message only): 8022 3129

Address: 338 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 #01-1625 Singapore 560338

Landline: 6904 9579

WhatsApp (message only): 8061 6220

Address: 201E Tampines Street 23 #01-96 Singapore 527201

Landline: 6223 3803

WhatsApp (message only): 8065 0191

All clinics are open from 8 am to 12 pm.


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