The Shingrix Vaccine for Shingles

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It causes a painful, itchy rash typically on one side of the body, along with flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and fatigue. People can only get shingles if they have had chickenpox in the past. The virus stays dormant in the body, and reactivates years later, causing a shingles outbreak. The rash usually lasts a few weeks and can be treated with antiviral medications. It is most common in people over the age of 50.


Who is eligible for a Shingrix vaccination?

People aged 65 are eligible for a funded course (two doses, given two to six months apart). Our Vaccinating Pharmacists are also able to give non-funded Shingrix to people aged 50 years and over.  Please phone us for the current costing on 03 477 9793


Are there any potential side effects?

Every medication can have side effects, vaccinations are no different.  Most side effects from vaccination will settle within a few days and can be managed by resting and drinking plenty of fluids. If you are concerned about a reaction you might be having to your vaccination phone us on 03 477 9793 or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Common reponses:

  • Injection-site pain and swelling
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Shivering
  • Fever
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea)

Rare responses:

  • Hypersensitivity - rashes and hives, swelling of the face. If you develop these symptoms within a few hours or days phone 111 or seek urgent medical care, and let them know you've had a Shingrix vaccination.


More information including how to book:

Our qualified Vaccinating Pharmacists administer a number of funded and non-funded vaccinations.


Information for after your Shingirx vaccination

After you vaccination