What Shingles Vaccinations Are Available to You?

Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses What Shingles Vaccinations Are Available to You?.

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Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses What Shingles Vaccinations Are Available to You?.
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Featuring Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP
What Shingles Vaccinations Are Available to You? What Shingles Vaccinations Are Available to You?
Duration: 1 minute, 22 seconds

The majority of Canadians have been exposed to shingles already through a chickenpox infection.

In fact 95% of the Canadian population. The reason why it's important to speak to your physician is that as we age the risk for shingles increases as well as a painful condition related to that called post herpetic neuralgia.

Once you have a case of shingles you have an acute painful condition that's very challenging to treat. Moreover complications can arise including post herpetic neuralgia, infections of the eye, and even of the skin.

As part of your preventative health your physician may speak to you about the shingles vaccine. The vaccine is a one-time shot given under special circumstances, and it's very effective. In fact, 50% effective to reduce the chance of shingles and 66% effective to reduce the risk of post herpetic neuralgia.

If you have any questions or any concerns it's very important that you make an appointment to speak to your physician or local expert. Treatments may vary according to patient and according to physician, so once again, make an appointment and speak to your doctor.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Ngui, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

What Shingles Vaccinations Are Available to You? ( 13 participated.)

What you should Know about Shingles

Questions True False  
1 There is a vaccine available that can reduce your chances of getting shingles by 50%.

 
2 The shingles vaccine can also reduce the risk of getting a painful condition called post herpetic neuralgia by 66%.

 
3 The shingles vaccine used to prevent a patient from getting shingles and is therefor something you need to discuss with your physician, particularly if you are 65 and older. 

 

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.