Shingrix Vaccine in Singapore

Protect Yourself Against Shingles with the Shingrix Vaccine

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by the reactivation of the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles can lead to severe complications such as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a long-lasting nerve pain, as well as other serious issues like pneumonia, brain inflammation, and vision or hearing loss. The best way to prevent shingles and its complications is through vaccination with Shingrix.


What is the Shingrix Vaccine?

Shingrix is a recombinant zoster vaccine that does not contain live virus. It is designed to boost your immune system to protect against shingles. Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and PHN, and its protection stays strong for at least four years after vaccination.



Who Should Get Shingrix?

The Shingrix vaccine is recommended for:

  • Adults aged 50 years and older
  • Adults aged 19 years and older who are immunocompromised due to disease or therapy

Even if you’ve already had shingles or received the older Zostavax vaccine, getting Shingrix can provide stronger and longer-lasting protection.


Vaccination Schedule

Shingrix is administered in two doses:

  1. The first dose at the chosen date
  2. The second dose 2 to 6 months after the first dose

This two-dose series ensures optimal immunity and long-lasting protection.


Side Effects and Precautions

Common side effects of Shingrix include:

  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Most side effects are mild and resolve on their own. It is recommended to sit for 15 minutes after the injection to avoid fainting. If you experience severe allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, or widespread rash, seek medical attention immediately.


How Much Does Vaccine for Shingles Cost?


Vaccine Price per dose
Shingrix $440
Zostavax $260

Prices are as of Apr 2024 and may be subjected to GST.
Prices subject to change without prior notice.

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