Shingles Vaccine: All You Need To Know in 2024

Shingles Vaccine Singapore

Person with Shingles condition on skin.
Shingrix Shingles Vaccine ready to be administered.
Person with Shingles condition on skin.

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a painful viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. After recovering from chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the body and can reactivate later as shingles, characterized by a red, blistered rash typically wrapping around one side of the torso.

Why is the Shingles Vaccine Important?

As we age, the risk of contracting shingles and its painful rash increases, potentially leading to long-term nerve pain known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) after the rash heals. Shingles on the face can also result in blindness or hearing loss. Vaccination against shingles significantly lowers the risk of both the disease and its severe complications.

How to Prevent Shingles?

Shingrix is a non-live, recombinant vaccine specifically designed to protect against shingles. It has been shown to offer over 90% effectiveness in preventing both shingles and the subsequent complications, such as postherpetic neuralgia. The Shingrix vaccine, as compared to other available shingles vaccines, offers up to 10 years of long-lasting protection.

What is the Shingrix Dosage?

Shingrix is administered in two doses. The second dose is typically given 2 to 6 months following the initial dose.

Who Should Get The Shingrix Vaccination?

  • Adults Aged 50 and Older: Regardless of whether they recall having had chickenpox, all adults aged 50 years and older are recommended to receive the Shingrix vaccine. This is because the risk of shingles and its complications increases with age.
  • People Who Have Had Shingles Before: Even if someone has had shingles in the past, they can still receive the Shingrix vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.
  • Those Previously Vaccinated With Zostavax: Zostavax was a live shingles vaccine given as a single injection, which was used before the availability of Shingrix. People who received Zostavax are recommended to later get vaccinated with Shingrix.
  • Adults With Chronic Medical Conditions: Shingrix can be administered to adults with chronic conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic kidney disease. However, individuals should always consult their doctors to determine the vaccine's appropriateness for their specific health circumstances.

Availability in Singapore

In Singapore, the shingles vaccine Shingrix is available for adults aged 50 and above. This vaccine can be obtained at ATA Medical's two clinics. The vaccination involves two doses; the second dose is administered between 2 and 6 months after the first, and there are no subsidies available for the vaccine at this stage.

Side Effects of Shingrix

Like every vaccine, the Shingrix shingles vaccine might lead to certain side effects. Commonly, these side effects are minor and include soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site, as well as feelings of fatigue and headaches. Typically, these symptoms are temporary. However, in the rare event of severe symptoms like difficulty breathing, it's crucial to seek prompt medical care at a nearby clinic or hospital.

Why Are Vaccinations Important?

Vaccinations offer significant individual benefits by boosting the immune system's ability to fight off specific infectious diseases. They reduce the risk of contracting serious illnesses, leading to fewer medical visits and a lower chance of hospitalization.

By staying up-to-date with vaccinations, individuals can also enjoy a greater sense of well-being and freedom to engage in various social activities, knowing they are protected against contagious diseases.

By staying current with our vaccinations, we not only protect ourselves but also shield our family and loved ones from contagious and serious diseases.
By staying current with our vaccinations, we not only protect ourselves but also shield our family and loved ones from contagious and serious diseases.

Why Use Us?

Same Day Appointment

Get your vaccinations done quickly at our travel clinics.

Vaccination Proof

Certificates of immunisation will be provided.

Friendly Staff

Customer service is a top priority for us at ATA Medical.

Your vaccination will also be updated to the National Immunisation Registry (NIR) where relevant, this will allow you to keep a record of the vaccinations.

Shingrix Vaccine Singapore Price

Vaccination Price*
Shingrix $392
*Prices are NETT and inclusive of GST.

Where Can I Do the Shingrix Shingles Vaccine in Singapore?

ATA Medical is conveniently located at two different locations:

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Why You Should Consider the Shingles Vaccine

Shingles, while common, can have a profound impact on an individual's quality of life, especially as one advances in age. The potential complications, including the long-lasting pain of postherpetic neuralgia, underscore the need for preventive measures. With the introduction of the Shingrix vaccine in Singapore, there's now a highly effective shield against this painful condition.

Given the considerable benefits and high efficacy rates, it's essential for Singapore residents, especially those in higher-risk categories, to consider this vaccination. Always remember that health decisions should be made in consultation with a doctor who can offer tailored advice. Investing in preventive care today can pave the way for a healthier and more comfortable tomorrow.

Travel Clinics in Singapore

Our vaccination clinics are conveniently located in Central Singapore. Same day appointments for vaccinations are available.

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