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Teresa Mannion: ‘My mother described the pain of shingles like hot oil being poured on the skin’


by Jennifer McShane
01st Aug 2022

NO FEE PIC PIC JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY Pictured today (Monday 18th July) in Iveagh Gardens, Dublin at the launch of the GSK ‘Understanding Shingles’ awareness campaign in association with Chronic Pain Ireland is RTE broadcaster Teresa Mannion . Ms Mannion called on the over-50s in Ireland to speak with their doctor, practice nurse or pharmacist about the risk factors for shingles and shingles prevention as new research conducted on behalf of GSK shows that almost one-fifth of respondents (19%) over-50 reported that they had experienced shingles. The GSK research also shows that just 38% of respondents were aware that having previously had chickenpox means individuals are susceptible to developing shingles. For more information on shingles, log onto www.understandingshingles.ie. Photography Credit: Julien Behal Photography

Broadcaster Teresa Mannion is on a mission to get the over-50s in Ireland more aware of the signs and symptoms of shingles. This is the age group most likely to develop the disease, yet many feel, she says, that it’s something that just won’t happen to them.

New ‘understanding shingles’ research conducted on behalf of GSK showed despite over half of those surveyed  (56%) perceiving shingles to be a serious disease, a considerable number of respondents – 43% – said they felt it was unlikely that they would develop shingles over the next year. “I first got shingles when she was 17. I had shingles when I was doing my Leaving Cert. When the rash appeared on just one side of my...

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