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CORONAVIRUS
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Symptoms
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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20
Apr 2012
Is there a vaccine available for shingles?

Yes, there is a new shingles vaccine available called Zostavax

Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox (the varicella zoster virus) and it is seen on the skin as a painful blistering rash.

After you have had chickenpox, the virus that caused it is still present, dormant in the nerve cells. If the virus becomes active again then it moves along the nerve fibres to the skin and the tell tale rash appears in the area. About 1 in 5 people who have had chickenpox will have an attack of shingles later in life.

Most attacks are for no particular reason but you are more susceptible if you are

  • Elderly
  • Experiencing physical or emotional stress
  • Someone with a weakened immune system e.g. leukaemia
  • Taking medicines that suppress the immune system such as in cancer chemotherapy and transplants

A shingles attack starts with pain and burning in the skin and a day or two later a rash appears which can spread rapidly. You may also feel ill, have a fever and or headache. Treatment involves taking an anti-viral tablet usually 5 times a day but it must be started early to be effective. If you get a shingles in the face it is imperative that you get medical help quickly since it could spread to the eye and cause decreased vision and even permanent blindness.

In New Life Pharmacy we are offering the shingles vaccination. The cost will be £150 and bookings can be made by phoning 0141 637 6000

Elizabeth Roddick was interviewed on Insight Radio on this subject on Wednesday 18th. You can listen to an I-Pod version.

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