If you're in your seventies you may be eligible to receive a free shingles vaccination under the national programme.
Who can have a free shingles vaccination? The national shingles immunisation programme is recommended for people aged 70 to 79, but is being introduced in phases. You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old. In addition, anyone who was previously eligible (born on or after 2 September 1942) but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. When you're eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
What is Shingles? Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus) in people who have previously had chickenpox.
It begins with a burning sensation in the skin, followed by a rash of very painful fluid-filled blisters that can then burst and turn into sores before healing. Often an area on just one side of the body is affected, usually the chest but sometimes the head, face and eye.
More information can be found:
NHS choices- www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles
Shingles aware website- www.shinglesaware.co.uk/el
Published: Jul 17, 2019