Shingles disease

  • Recently, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK India) announced the much-awaited launch of its globally top-selling shingles vaccine Shingrix in India.

About Shingles disease:

  • It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus the same virus that causes chickenpox.
  • It can occur anywhere in the human body.
  • It typically looks like a single stripe of blisters that wraps around the left side or the right side of the torso.
  • Non contagious
  • The risk of shingles increases with older age and it is most common in people over age 50.
  • Symptoms: Pain, burning, tingling sensitivity to touch etc.
  • A vaccine called Shingrix is available which helps in preventing shingles and its complications.
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