HPV, Shingles and Chickenpox Vaccination
A private vaccination service is available to provide the shingles or chickenpox vaccination.
Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. When people are first infected with the varicella-zoster virus, usually as children, they get chickenpox. Years or decades later, the virus can reactivate and cause shingles.
Anyone that has had chickenpox is at risk of developing an attack of shingles which can be intensely painful. Information about shingles is available here.
The vaccination for shingles is available for those aged over 50 years and can be administered by your Kamsons pharmacist for £175.00. Information on the vaccination is available here.
Chickenpox Vaccine a.k.a. Varicella Vaccine
Chickenpox is most commonly transmitted through direct contact from an infected person, and generally only starts showing signs between one to three weeks after infection. Chickenpox is highly contagious and is most common in children below the age of ten, in whom it usually causes mild symptoms. Adults, smokers, pregnant women and the immune suppressed can have much more severe reactions to chickenpox.
The vaccination has proven to be highly effective in children at over 95% protection while adult vaccination has achieved a 75% protection rate. Even if you contract chickenpox after the vaccine is administered it can severely reduce the symptoms.
The chickenpox vaccine is a two dose vaccine and costs £139.
HPV Vaccine (Human Papillomavirus)
HPV is the name given to a very common group of viruses.
There are many types of HPV, some of which are called “high risk” because they’re linked to the development of cancers, such as cervical cancer, anal cancer, genital cancers, and cancers of the head and neck. Other types can cause conditions like warts or verrucas.
Nearly all cervical cancers (99.7%) are caused by infection with a high-risk type of HPV.
The HPV Vaccine is available from Kamsons pharmacies at £450.