That shows me then

The launch of a shingles vaccine and delays to copycat versions of a blockbuster helped Glaxosmithkline to achieve strong quarterly results.

Revenue at Britain’s biggest pharmaceuticals company rose by 6 per cent to £8.1 billion and pre-tax profit by 5 per cent to £1.7 billion in the third quarter.

Trading was boosted by sales of Shingrix, the shingles vaccine, in the United States

Shingles vaccine?

But shingles is just chicken pox coming back, isn’t it?

Well, obviously enough, not, but then that’s why no one does get their medical treatment from me.

13 thoughts on “That shows me then”

  1. It could be that the UK’s offer of the shingles vaccine free on the NHS to over 70’s has helped the rise in their profits. I have had the vaccine though mt wife managed to get shingles for the second time before she got hers. We both had chicken pox in our youth. That provides no immunity and sows the seeds of getting shingles later.

  2. From wiki:
    “Shingles is due to a reactivation of varicella zoster virus (VZV) within a person’s body. The disease chickenpox is caused by the initial infection with VZV. Once chickenpox has resolved, the virus may remain inactive in nerve cells. When it reactivates, it travels from the nerve body to the endings in the skin, producing blisters. Risk factors for reactivation include old age, poor immune function, and having had chickenpox before 18 months of age. How the virus remains in the body or subsequently re-activates is not well understood”

    The vaccine reduced the risk of reactivation

  3. Gamecock, it also seems to be relatively effective. I’d take a bet if the odds of success are between 50 and 90%, wouldn’t you? I really would not want to get shingles again

  4. I’ve had shingles – fucking painful – knocked me out for a few weeks. As per diogenes it’s not something you want to have especially if a vaccine can reduce the chances of getting it.

  5. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    I thought having chickenpox only saved one from smallpox. Only chance of getting the latter these days is by raiding Porton Down and doing a “28 Days Later”…

    My mum says about shingles that it starts on your sides and if it meets in the middle, then you’re done for.

  6. My mum says about shingles that it starts on your sides and if it meets in the middle, then you’re done for

    Blind Pew told me that was the Black Spot.

  7. Shingles is very unpleasant (a guy who was briefly my boss contracted it) – I think I’ll opt for the shingles deterrent in preference to the ‘flu vaccine even though the risk of shingles is much less.
    @ Tim: Shingles is the recurrence (“coming back”) of the *virus that caused* chicken pox, but behaving differently.

  8. Wife has had chickenpox multiple times. Any kid around here or in our circle of friends who gets chickenpox the wife goes into hiding, staying away from them and their family for weeks.
    Not pleasant in an adult.

  9. Quick check on the interweb says:

    ‘In large, years-long international trials, Shingrix was shown to prevent shingles in 97 percent of adults in their 50s and 60s, and 91 percent of adults in their 70s and 80s. Side effects were minor and generally limited to soreness, headache, shivering and upset stomach.’

  10. The Chicken Pox virus is dormant but can exploit weakness in the immune system associated with older age, and resurface as shingles.

    The Shingles Vaccine will boost the antibodies in the body suppressing the action of the virus if it tries to reactivate.

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