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Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Shingles affects mostly the elderly (60 years or older) and people with weakened immune systems. Shingles is characterized by the appearance of red lesions on the skin causing intense itching and a burning and painful feeling.
To reduce the risk of shingles, it is possible for people 50 years of age and older to receive a preventive vaccine.
Quebec: A nurse can administer the vaccine directly at the pharmacy.
New Brunswick and Ontario: A nurse or pharmacist are available to administer the vaccine directly at the pharmacy.
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