Dr Yeung Ho Hong 楊浩康 醫生 health-prevention-info

Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine (帶狀疱疹疫苗)
Dr Yeung Ho Hong ( 楊浩康 醫生 ) 2021-07-10
Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine (帶狀疱疹疫苗)

帶狀疱疹 (俗稱生蛇) 會使到患者身上出現令人感到痛楚和呈帶狀的紅疹及水泡。現時已有帶狀疱疹疫苗可以有效預防帶狀疱疹,適合50歲或以上男女接種,只須接種1針。

Herpes Zoster (commonly known as Shingles) is caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is also the virus that causes chickenpox. After the chickenpox revolves, the virus will be latent in the human nerves and will reactivate at any time in the future, causing shingles. Therefore, people who had chickenpox have a chance to have shingles. Shingles can cause painful rashes and blisters on the patient. It is an infectious disease. Having shingles vaccine can effectively prevent shinlges or reduce the severity of the disease.

The current shingles vaccine is a live vaccine that can effectively prevent herpes zoster, reduce the severity of the disease, reduce the chance of complications, and reduce the post-herpetic neuralgia. Even people who have had shingles before can get vaccinated, because shingles has a chance to recur when the individual’s immunity is weakened. Even if you are not sure whether you have been infected with chickenpox before, you can still consider having shingles vaccine.

The shingles vaccine can be given to people over 50 years of age. Only one dose of vaccine is required. Some patients are not suitable to receive shingles vaccine, such as those who had severe allergic reaction to shingles vaccine components, patients with primary and secondary immunosuppression, patients taking immunosuppressive drugs, or pregnant women, etc. Shingles vaccine is generally very safe. Common side effects include erythema at the injection site, pain, headache or mylagia, etc. Before having the shingles vaccine, remember to check with your doctor whether you are suitable for the shingles vaccine.