Shingles: 70 – 79 year olds are eligible for the shingles national immunisation programme

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 a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you’ll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.

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.

For more information about shingles, click here for the NHS shingles overview page or click here to go to the Shingles Aware website.