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Trial seeks volunteers – for a new shingles vaccine

A shingles vaccine is offered to volunteers. Are over 50? And have you had shingles (herpes varicella)? If so, you might qualify for the trial to prove the effectiveness of the ‘other’ shingles vaccine. [Currently, the vaccine offered to people in their 70s is Zostavax. This is a single jab.]

This trial is about a two-jab shingles vaccine (immunisation). The manufacturer, GSK, is running a placebo-controlled trial. This means that you might get the real thing, or a sterile water (safe placebo) injection instead. You won’t know, and neither will the person who carries out the vaccination.

The trials are being run in Addlestone, Atherstone, Belfast, Bradford-on-Avon, Manchester, Nantwich, Poole and Trowbridge. More details on https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04091451?cond=Herpes&cntry=GB&draw=2&rank=6

Why it might interest you? A few people have reported that they have stopped having herpes simplex outbreaks after getting a shingles jab. We can’t guess why, but some found it so! arm getting shingles vaccine

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