Zostervax (Shingles Vaccine) Update
We are back to normal supplies with Zostervax immunisations and have attempted to contact all patients on the Zostervax waiting list. If you have been on the waiting list and may have missed our calls, please contact our friendly reception team on (02) 8068 2490 to schedule you immunisation.
Who is eligible for the Government Zostervax Immunisation?
In November 2016, The shingles vaccine, Zostavax®, was approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP), provided free of charge to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply. There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years.
Please note that we also stock private supply of Zostervax immunisations for those who are not eligible to receive a government funded vaccine. If you are interested in having the vaccine, please contact our friendly reception team on (02) 8068 2490 or book an appointment online to discuss this with your Doctor.
Note: It is recommended for patients 50 years and older who are not eligible for the government immunisation program.
What is Shingles?
Shingles is a painful rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As a person gets older, the risk of getting shingles and neurological complications increases.