Patients aged 70 years & also those patients born between 1.9.1942 – 1.9.1946 & patients aged 78 & 79 born between 2.9.1937 – 1.9.1938 are eligible to receive a Shingles Vaccination. It is not able to be given once you become 80 years old.
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.
About the Vaccine
The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. However some patients do still develop the infection, but their symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.