Vaccination Services

Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccination Service

Herpes Zoster, also known as Shingles, is a disease caused by the chickenpox virus. The main symptom is a red rash and blisters on the skin, usually on the lower back or chest, accompanied by severe pain. If you have had chickenpox, the virus will continue to lurk in the body's nervous system even after you have recovered from the disease. Therefore, not only people who have been infected with chickenpox may have shingles, healthy people can also have shingles. Once infected with chickenpox, not only will the rash appear, the affected area will feel itchy or severe pain, burning or even pins and needles sensation, and may cause persistent neuralgia, encephalitis, and other after-effects.


The New Generation Shingles Vaccine (SHINGRIX) is not only effective in preventing shingles and the nerve pain it causes but also reduces the risk of other complications, with an effectiveness rate of more than 90%! Even those who have had shingles before are encouraged to get vaccinated for better protection.


Herpes Zoster is generally divided into three stages: 

Early stagesThe infected area may be itchy or slightly painful, with a burning sensation; patients may also experience flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, fatigue and gastrointestinal discomfort.
1 - 3 days after the onset of the disease The site of the disease is painful, with a sharp, pin-prick sensation, usually in the back and lower back. The virus travels along the spinal nerves to the surface of the skin, where it forms a red rash that turns into blisters and spreads into a band. The blisters last for about 1 - 14 days, during which time they may become pus-filled or bloody, and dry up and crust over in 2 - 3 weeks, but the pain persists.
After healingSome patients may experience more serious complications, such as nerve pain that lasts for months or years. The pain can be very severe even with light touch. Pigmentation of the affected area may also occur, resulting in a dull, bruised colour that takes months to disappear, or even lasts forever, and in severe cases, may leave scars.


People who are prone to having shingles include:

  • People over 50 years old
  • People with chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease)
  • People who have been taking steroids for a long time
  • People with high psychological stress and insufficient time for rest and relaxation

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1 , two doses of the Shingrix Shingles vaccine provide effective protection against both shingles and common nerve pain in adults, with slightly different rates of effectiveness among different age groups. Among adults aged 50 to 69 years, two doses of the vaccine were 97% effective in preventing shingles and 91% effective in preventing neuralgia. In adults aged 70 years and older, the rates were 91 per cent and 89 percent, respectively. Four years after vaccination, the vaccine is still highly effective (more than 85 percent effective) against herpes in people aged 70 years or older. Because the risk of developing shingles and nerve pain increases with age, seniors need adequate protection against the shingles virus.


New Generation Shingles Vaccine (SHINGRIX)

Service includes:

  • Doctor consultation 
  • 2 doses of vaccine 
  • Injection fee

The fee for the Shingles vaccination service is HKD$5,600. Please contact us for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Shingles vaccine (herpes zoster shot) is suitable for people aged 18 years or above who are at high risk and for people aged 50 years or above who have received the live attenuated Shingles vaccine or have not received the live attenuated Shingles vaccine before, and it is recommended that the new generation of Shingles vaccine is given to them for better protection.
Do I need to get the shingles vaccine if I have had chickenpox? Herpes zoster is caused by the varicella zoster virus, so people who have had chickenpox and have recovered from it are at the highest risk of developing herpes zoster. However, even if you have not been infected with chickenpox or are not sure if you have been infected with chickenpox, you can still consider getting vaccinated to prevent shingles.
Shingrix recombinant vaccine is suitable for people aged 50 years or above and high-risk individuals aged 18 years or above.
The shingles vaccine (herpes zoster shot) is not suitable for people who are allergic to any of the ingredients or active substances in the vaccine; pregnant women or women who are planning to become pregnant; women who are breastfeeding.

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