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Shingles National Immunisation Programme

  • The Department of Health introduced the shingles national immunisation programme for people aged 70 to 79.
  • Vaccination is available at your local medical practice all year round and is usually one vaccination appointment.
  • As for any vaccine, shingles vaccination may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients.
  • Like all medicines, vaccines are associated with certain side effects which can affect people differently.
  • Shingles vaccination within the current shingles immunisation programme is contraindicated in people with certain medical conditions. Your healthcare professional will be able to advise on this.

Check if you may be eligible for the Shingles National Immunisation Programme

What is shingles?

  • Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) 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.
  • Shingles is characterised by a painful rash, usually affecting one side of the body.
  • Your immune system gets weaker with age, which may be one of the reasons shingles risk and severity increases as we get older and tends to be more common in people aged over 70.

What are the complications of shingles?

  • The severity of the symptoms of shingles can range from mild to severe and can be very unpleasant for some.
  • Most people recover but it is estimated that 15-20% of people in their 70's can go on to develop chronic nerve pain called post-herpathic neuralgia (PHN).
  • Shingles complications could affect your daily routine and activities.

Eligibility test

Shingles vaccination within the current shingles immunisation programme is contraindicated in people with certain medical conditions. Your healthcare professional will be able to advise on this.

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  • As you are between 70 and 79 years old you may be eligible for the current shingles national immunisation programme – You can contact your healthcare professional about the programme.

    As you are below 70 years old, you may be eligible from your 70th birthday. Please speak to your local healthcare professional if you require any further advice.

    As you are over 80 years old, you are not part of the current Department of Health shingles national immunisation programme. Please speak to your local healthcare professional if you require any further advice.

    Although you are in your 70’s, people who are currently 77 will be eligible for the programme in September 2020. If you require any further advice please contact your healthcare professional.

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  • As you are between 70 and 79 years old you may be eligible for the current shingles national immunisation programme – You can contact your healthcare professional about the programme.

    As you are below 70 years old, you may be eligible from your 70th birthday. Please speak to your local healthcare professional if you require any further advice.

    As you are over 80 years old, you are not part of the current Department of Health shingles national immunisation programme. Please speak to your local healthcare professional if you require any further advice.

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  • As you are between 70 and 79 years old you may be eligible for the current shingles national immunisation programme – You can contact your healthcare professional about the programme.

    As you are below 70 years old, you may be eligible from your 70th birthday. Please speak to your local healthcare professional if you require any further advice.

    As you are over 80 years old, you are not part of the current Department of Health shingles national immunisation programme. Please speak to your local healthcare professional if you require any further advice.

    • Does this website provide you with useful information about the Shingles National Immunisation Programme?

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  • As you are between 70 and 79 years old you may be eligible for the current shingles national immunisation programme – You can contact your healthcare professional about the programme.

    As you are below 70 years old, you may be eligible from your 70th birthday. Please speak to your local healthcare professional if you require any further advice.

    As you are over 80 years old, you are not part of the current Department of Health shingles national immunisation programme. Please speak to your local healthcare professional if you require any further advice.

    Although you are in your 70’s, people who are currently 77 will be eligible for the programme in September 2020. If you require any further advice please contact your healthcare professional.

    Does this website provide you with useful information about the Shingles National Immunisation Programme?

    • Thank you

    • Thank you

    • Thank you

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