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What is shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful blistering rash. It is caused by reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox. While most symptoms last up to 3 weeks, shingles can be serious. It can lead to long-term nerve pain that can last for months (post-heretic neuralgia or PHN) and other serious complications, including pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness and swelling of the brain.

About 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. Shingles usually affects older people, and the risk of complications increases with age, particularly for those over the age of 70. People who are immunocompromised are at higher risk of shingles and severe complications.

For more information refer to Chickenpox and shingles.

What is changing?

From 1 November 2023 a new recombinant zoster (shingles) vaccine Shingrix® will be added to the National Immunisation Program (NIP) replacing Zostavax®.

What is the Shingrix vaccine used for?

Shingrix® is a non-live vaccine which is highly effective in the prevention of herpes zoster, commonly known as Shingles, and its complications. As it is a non-live vaccine it can be used in immunocompromised people.

Who is eligible to receive free Shingrix vaccine?

Shingrix® will be available to the following eligible Australians under the National Immunisation Program:

  • adults aged 65 years and over
  • First Nations people aged 50 years and over
  • immunocompromised people aged 18 years and over with the following medical conditions:
    • haemopoietic stem cell transplant
    • solid organ transplant
    • haematological malignancy
    • advanced or untreated HIV

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COVID-19 Vaccinations

Our clinic is currently only administering  NOVAVAX and PFIZER  to patients over 18 years of age. 

Once you’ve had your COVID-19 vaccination, it will be recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).

Previously it was voluntary for health providers to add vaccinations to the AIR but due to new legislation, adding all vaccinations — including for COVID-19 — will be mandatory.

You can access your immunisation history statement online through the MyGov website or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

Have you travelled overseas in the last month?

If you are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms please DO NOT COME INTO THE CLINIC!

Our Clinic is not equipped to handle Coronavirus cases. It is recommended you present to your nearest hospital.

Symptoms to be aware of:

Fever, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or shortness of breath.

 

CALL 000 IF YOU NEED URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CORONA VIRUS VISIT

www.health.gov.au

 

 

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