Shingles vaccination

A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common painful skin disease, is available to certain people in their 70s. The vaccine reduces your risk of getting shingles, and may make the symptoms milder if you do get it. You only need to have the vaccination once.

This vaccination programme is being gradually rolled out, and is available to different groups of people from 70-79. For further information, and to check if you are eligible, please refer to:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx

A few people cannot have the shingles vaccine because of a weakened immune system, untreated TB, or a serious allergy to a component of the vaccine. Our nurse will discuss this with you.