Anyone aged 70 can have the shingles vaccine on the NHS. You become eligible for the vaccine from the first day of September after your 70th birthday.
Anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
- people aged 71, 72 and 73 on 1 September 2016
- people aged 79 on 1 September 2016
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
All patients over the age of 65 are eligible to receive this vaccine.
Most people will only need the vaccine once but may need a second dose if they have certain problems with their spleen or kidneys.
If you have never had this injection please book an appointment with the nurse.