What is Shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus – the chickenpox virus which is reactivated. If you’ve had chickenpox, this virus stays inside your body and can become activated in later life.

90% of adults in the UK are infected with the chickenpox virus that then can cause shingles. There is a 1 in 4 lifetime risk of the of the chickenpox virus reactivating and causing shingles. Incidence of shingles increase as age increases with age and two-thirds of shingles cases occur in people aged 50 years and over


The first signs of shingles can be:
  • A tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin; this can be tingling, burning, throbbing and quite severe
  • A headache, light sensitviity or feeling generally unwell
  • A rash will appear a few days later. This usually happens on your chest and stomach however it can appear anywhere on your body including face, eyes and genitals. The rash appears as blotches on your skin, on 1 side of your body only. A rash on both the left and right of your body is unlikely to be shingles
  • It can take up to 4 weeks for the rash to heal.Your skin can be painful for weeks after the rash has gone, but it usually gets better over time
  • About 1 in 10 people who get shingles develop into nerve pain that lasts for months or years after the rash goes away
If you suspect it to be shingles, seek medical advice and:
  • Take paracetamol to ease pain
  • Keep the rash clean and dry to reduce the risk of infection
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Use a cool compress (a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel or a wet cloth) a few times a day
  • Do not let dressings or plasters stick to the rash
  • Do not use antibiotic cream – this slows healing
  • Do not scratch the spots, as scratching can cause scarring
  • Get vaccinated

You cannot spread shingles to others. But people who have not had chickenpox before could catch chickenpox from you.This is because shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus.

  • Pregnant people who have not had chickenpox before
  • People with a weakened immune system – like someone having chemotherapy
  • Babies less than 1 month old – unless you gave birth to them, as your baby should be protected from the virus by your immune system


Ages (Years)50 years +
or 18 years + with increased risk of herpes zoster
Doses Required2
Schedule0 and 2 months
Non -Live Vaccine

Vaccination Price

The Shingles Vaccination Service costs  £430 if you buy the full course of two vaccines together at the first appointment or £220 per dose ( 2 doses = £440) if purchased separately.

The vaccine we use is a Non Live  vaccine

The NHS currently offers a Shingles vaccination to certain vulnerable groups, protecting those who are most at risk.

The Remedi healthcare  Shingles Vaccination Service is available to those seeking protection from the Shingles virus, including those who are eligible through the NHS but choose a private vaccination service.

The service is suitable for adults over the age of 50 years old.

The service isn’t suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, anyone with a weakened immune system, or anyone who’s had an allergic reaction to any previous vaccination. The service is also not suitable for anyone who’s received the MMR vaccine in the previous four weeks.

Remedi appointments are as easy as 1, 2, 3

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Attend your first appointment

During the first consultation our trained healthcare professionals will check suitability and you will receive your first dose

Additional  appointments

If second dose required then return for the second dose of the vaccination  2 months later

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Vaccinations are a quick, effective and safe way to protect yourself against diseases that can damage your health.

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If you have any questions, need some advice or would like to find out more information, contact us today and a member of our team will be in touch.