Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus) in people who have previously had chickenpox. A vaccine to prevent shingles, is now available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s.
From September 1 2015, the shingles vaccine will be offered routinely to people aged 70 and, as a catch up, to those aged 78. You become eligible for the vaccine on the first day of September 2015 “”after”" you’ve turned 70 or 78 and remain so until the last day of August 2016.
In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but has not yet been vaccinated against shingles remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes people aged 71 and 72 on 1 September 2015 and people aged 79
Anyone aged 80 and over is unsuitable to have the shingles vaccination on the NHS because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection and, Unlike the flu jab, you’ll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.
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