Information for people who are
eligible for shingles vaccination

In England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
If you were aged 79 on 1st September 2014, you only have until
31st August 2015 to have a free shingles vaccination under the
national programme. For more information, click here.

In Wales
If you are eligible for a shingles vaccination under the national
programme, you can only be vaccinated before your 80th birthday.
For more information, click here.

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This website has been developed and funded by Sanofi Pasteur MSD Reporting of side effects. If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Shingles is a condition that is caused by
the reactivation of the chickenpox virus.

90% of adults raised in the UK have had chickenpox, although not
everyone may recall having it. If you have had chickenpox then you are
at risk of developing shingles.

The Department of Health introduced the national shingles immunisation
programme in adults aged between 70-79 years, to help protect against
shingles and its complications. For more information and to find out if
you’re eligible for shingles vaccination, click here.

For more information about shingles click on the sections shown
on the left of this page, or speak to your GP or practice nurse.