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Shinglesis a condition that is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus

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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 70 years with a catch-up programme for people in their late 70s, to help protect the age groups most at risk from shingles and its complications.

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

If you are eligible for the programme, before deciding whether you want to be vaccinated or not, ask your healthcare professional for more information about this national immunisation programme (incl. eligibility). Patient information/Package leaflets may also be useful resources to help you decide and are available below. This information is not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional.

download the leaflet here
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Reporting of side effects.If you get any side effects with any medicines, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the medicines package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme atyellowcard.mhra.gov.ukor by searching for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.
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