A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is now available on the NHS to people aged 70 (born 02.09.1942 – 01.09.1943) and aged 79 (born 2.9.1933 – 01.9.1934). The programme will be rolled out over the next few years so that everyone over 70 will be offered the vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection. Unlike the flu jab, you’ll only need to have the vaccination once.
The vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.