Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful, blistering rash. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the pain and tingling of shingles can last for months or even years. However, shingles is preventable with vaccines, Zostavax and Shingrix. It’s recommended for everyone over 50 and is given free of charge in Australia to people aged 70 to 79. Please speak to your doctor for how to receive shingles vaccines.