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With the Roses for Health raffle in August and September 2022, GSK is drawing attention to the painful viral disease of shingles and options for protection.

One in three people will develop shingles in their lifetime.

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Health in old age – a goal of many people. But to achieve this, it is important to take care of yourself and your health. This also includes comprehensive health care. With the raffle of roses for health, the company GSK is currently drawing attention to the importance of actively taking care of one’s health in old age in order to avoid serious infectious diseases such as shingles. 95% of people over the age of 60 are carriers of the shingles pathogen after having had chickenpox in the past. 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. With the raffle of roses for health, GSK draws attention to the painful viral disease and the options for protection. Winners will receive the orange roses either personally from a “Rosenkavalier” at the front door or sent home by pink courier. On the campaign website www.eine-rose-fuer-die-gesundheit.de, the participant can choose the variant for which he wishes to apply. As a special experience, one of the roses will be presented by the famous theater and television actor Gerry Hungbauer.

Lead by example – and treat yourself to a rose for your health

Throughout Germany, GSK offers a total of 451 roses for health. Between August 20 and September 10, 2022, 20 winners each from Germany’s ten largest cities will each receive a rose for their health from a Rosenkavalier. If you do not live in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Dortmund or Essen, you can register for the Flower Queen raffle on the website by depositing a rose: 250 roses will be awarded to the winners *sent nationwide by post. Taking a stand against shingles with the orange rose is an experience that becomes even more unforgettable for a person: a winner receives the rose from the hands of actor Gerry Hungbauer, many of whom from his time in the ARD telenovela “known as Red Roses The Herpes Zoster Viral Disease and Protection Options information brochure is also available for download from the website for all interested parties.

About Shingles

Shingles appears at first glance to be a skin disease, but it is a serious infectious disease caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox pathogen. More than 95% of people over the age of 60 have already had chickenpox and have therefore been carriers of the virus since.[i] One in three people will develop shingles in their lifetime.[ii] Neither a healthy lifestyle nor measures like the AHA rules can change that. For one thing, the immune system declines with age, making reactivation more likely. On the other hand, affected people are not infected, but already have the pathogen in their body and it can be reactivated if the immune system is weakened (eg due to stress, COVID-19 disease). When the virus is reactivated, previously inactive pathogens migrate from nerve nodes along nerve fibers to their ends on the surface of the skin. There, as a reaction, the characteristic blisters are formed, which wrap around the body in the form of a belt or band. Often only one side of the body is affected. Since the virus “migrates” to the skin via nerve pathways, intense, “throbbing” pain often occurs even before the typical blisters appear. Other symptoms include exhaustion, exhaustion and severe burning to stabbing nerve pains that sometimes last for months. Up to 30% of those affected have to struggle with complications and long-term consequences.[iii] Sometimes it lasts several months, in other cases the pain can last a lifetime. Shingles can also cause visual disturbances, complete loss of vision and hearing, and, in rare cases, strokes and heart attacks.3

Further information, dates and conditions for participation in the “A rose for health” campaign can be found at: www.eine-rose-fuer-die-gesundheit.de

More information about the viral disease shingles can be found at: www.impfen.de/guertelrose

[i] Wutzler et al. 2001; Vaccine 20:121-124.

[ii] Hillebrand K; Infection Journal; 2015;70;178-186.

[iii] RKI (ed.): In Brief: Immunization Fact Sheets. shingles vaccination; 2020

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