Although most people have a mild case of chickenpox when they are young, the reactivation of the virus later in life can lead to another serious condition – shingles.
Like chickenpox, shingles results in a rash of small blisters however this covers a smaller area, and is often preceded by a burning, tingling sensation. Other symptoms include headaches, tiredness and even sensitivity to light.
Shingles also causes more severe issues which include severe nerve pain that lasts for many months, pneumonia, swelling of the brain and in rare cases is potentially fatal. The severity of the disease depends on age, and older patients are more at risk of developing serious disease, as are those with weakened immune systems.
The Australian government is offering a free vaccine catch-up program for people aged 70-79 years old, to ensure protection against this disease. This program ends in October 2021, so book an appointment with your GP in Mt Gravatt today to discuss whether you might be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Read this article to learn more about shingles, and if you think you may have shingles see you Reydon Street Medical Centre doctor quickly to see if you would benefit from treatment. https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/shingles-herpes-zoster#how-do-you-get-treated-for-shingles
This link tells you more about who is eligible for vaccination https://www.health.gov.au/news/zostavaxr-vaccine-available-now-nationally-for-people-70-to-79-years
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