Shingles vax now in most pharmacies

After years of limited supplies, the shingles vaccine is now widely available in Australia.

Zostavax, the vaccine for preventing herpes zoster, is now available in most Australian pharmacies on private prescription for people aged 50 and over.

It can also be used to prevent postherpetic neuralgia, and reduce acute and chronic zoster-associated pain in people aged over 60.

A reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, herpes zoster is becoming an increasing problem due to Australia's ageing population. Presentations of shingles to GPs doubled between