Shingles Vaccination


What is shingles?
Shingles is a very itchy, painful, burning group of blisters caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus. The rash commonly affects one area of the body, often the chest, and can last up to four weeks.
However for some people, pain can persist for several months, or even years, after the rash has disappeared.
Who is the vaccine offered to?
The shingles vaccine is offered to:
·         patients aged 70 years
·         patients aged 78 years
In addition, patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first three years of the programme (which began on 1 September 2013) but have not yet been vaccinated against shingles remain eligible until their 80th birthday. These are:
·         patients in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942 and have not yet had the vaccine
·         patients aged 79 years old who have missed out on the vaccine
Those patients eligible can contact their GP surgery, to be vaccinated.
The NHS encourages people over 70 to stay healthy and avoiding becoming ill during the winter months.

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