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The management of shingles

This CPD module aims to help pharmacy technicians update their knowledge on the management of shingles.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module pharmacy technicians will be able to:    

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of shingles
  • Offer practical advice to patients with shingles
  • Explain the changes being made to vaccination provision.

Key facts

  • Shingles is a reactivation of a previous chickenpox infection and is more likely to occur in older people
  • Actively encouraging eligible patients to have the shingles vaccine is a key public health intervention
  • Early diagnosis and prompt treatment with aciclovir can reduce the severity and duration of shingles.
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