Don’t let shingles be your story.

Mr. Lee

The shots of pain would come every couple of minutes. And then you would just pray that it goes off quickly. It was like somebody was turning a screw into my skin.

Mr. Lee, 56 y.o.

Patient diagnosed with shingles

Ms. Chia

My mom had it about 10 years ago. She says the shingles pain remains even after all these years.

Ms. Chia, 49 y.o.

Carer of a patient diagnosed with shingles

Mr. Sulaiman

The pain was so intense, even when moving my mouth to chew something. I sincerely wish that nobody has to go through this kind of pain.

Mr. Sulaiman

Retelling of the shingles story of Mr. KT Ng, 83 y.o.

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If you’ve never had chickenpox, you can’t develop shingles. However, many people do not remember having chickenpox and may have been exposed to the virus without knowing it. In Singapore, more than 90% of people aged 50 years of age have been exposed to the chickenpox virus, which means they may be at risk of developing shingles.1-3 Even if you have received the chickenpox vaccine in the past, there is still a chance that you will get shingles years later - although it is less common than getting shingles after a chickenpox infection.2 

1. Kawai K, et al. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004833.
2. Gershon AA, et al. Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc 2012;123:17-33.
3. Fatha N, et al. Int J Infect Dis. 2014 May; 22:73-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2013.10.003. Epub 2013 Nov 21.

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