When smallpox is transmitted, the virus does not disappear from the body but remains, developing a continuing disease. Those individuals who have previously suffered from chickenpox may suffer from shingles. It is usually the elderly who suffer from shingles, but it can also affect other age groups. The disease occurs in blisters on the body that feel very unpleasant but disappear. However, blisters can lead to chronic pain and permanent problems in more severe cases.
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When is shingles vaccination needed?
accination against shingles is recommended for all people over 50 years. The vaccine is relatively new in Sweden. It has not yet been fully established how long the protection with the vaccine lasts. However, it has been proven that the shingles vaccine is effective against the disease.
Does the shingles vaccine have any side effects?
Vaccination against shingles usually does not cause any complications, and the majority only get mild side effects. The shingles vaccine causes mild symptoms such as redness, swelling and itching around the injection site, passing within a few days. Serious side effects in sporadic cases are muscle pain, allergic shock or acute asthma.