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Shingles vaccination

Shingles is more common in people who are over 50 years of age. The vaccination is now being offered to patients aged 70 and 79. Find out more here.

ShinglesVaccinationShingles is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.

Most people have chickenpox in childhood, but after the illness has gone, the virus remains dormant but can be reactivated in later life and cause shingles. Shingles can occur at any age, but is most common in people who are over 50 years of age.

It is thought that this is because older people have a lower immunity.

This vaccine will be routinely offered on the NHS to older people from September 1 2013. It will be given as a single injection for anyone aged 70 or 79 and, unlike some jabs, you won’t need to be revaccinated every year.

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