Shingles Vaccinations

 

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A vaccine to prevent Shingles, a common, painful skin disease, is available on the NHS to people in their 70s.  The shingles vaccine is given as an injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu vaccine, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year. Most people will only need 1 dose.

Please ring the practice to book an appointment for your Shingles Vaccination on 020 8680 2588, or book online via MyGP.

The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you do go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter. Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. Shingles can also be fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.

It's fine to have the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before, and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks. Your GP will tell you how long to wait after you recover from shingles before having the shingles vaccine. This may be up to 1 year.

You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 to 79.  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.

See the Shingles Aware website for more info

Published: Mar 17, 2022