SHINGLES
CAN BE
SERIOUS

So serious it could lead to severe nerve pain that can last for months, even years.

Hypothetical patient. May not be representative of every patient's experience of shingles.

Shingles is
unpredictable.1

There is no way to know when
shingles will strike, or how severe it will be.

1 in 3 adults in Australia are expected to develop shingles at some stage.

97% of Australian adults are at risk of developing shingles.2

Are you over 70 years old? Are your parents, or your loved ones? Shingles is a common condition, and the risk of developing shingles and its complications increases as we get older. Don't wait until it's too late.

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Shingles

Shingles pain can be severe, and has been described as burning or stabbing pain.3

This pain can persist even after the rash has faded, which can disrupt your sleep and everyday life.

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Shingles can cause long term nerve damage that can last for months or even years.3

Up to 1 in 6 shingles sufferers aged 70-79 may develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). 4,5

For more information about shingles please talk to your doctor.

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References:

  1. NCIRS Herpes Zoster Fact Sheet. March 2020. Available at: http://www.ncirs.org.au/ncirs-fact-sheets-faqs/zoster-vaccine-australian-adults
  2. Gidding et al. Epidemiol Infect 2003;131(3):1085–9
  3. Oxman MN et al. In: Arvin AM et al., editors. Varicella-Zoster Virus: Virology and Clinical Management.2000. p246–75
  4. Stein et al. Vaccine 2009;27:520-9
  5. Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). Australian Immunisation Handbook, Australian Government Department of Health, Canberra, 2018, immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au. Accessed [9 May 2019]

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DOCTOR

ABOUT PREVENTION
AND TREATMENT OPTIONS

Shingles Information & Resources

For further information about shingles and its complications such as PHN download the following resources:

How common is shingles? How to prevent shingles virus. Shingles information leaflet

Shingles Audio Information