Everything you need to know
about the Shingles Vaccine
For those in their 70s, the NHS offers a vaccine to prevent shingles, a painful skin illness.
The shingles vaccination is administered as a shot in the upper arm. Unlike the flu vaccine, this immunisation only needs to be given once and can be given at any time of the year.
Most people will only require one dose, however, certain people who are unable to receive the regular immunisation due to medical reasons will require two doses.
The shingles vaccine is thought to lower your chances of developing shingles. If you do develop the condition, your symptoms will likely be less and your illness will be shorter.
Shingles can be excruciatingly painful and inconvenient. After the initial rash has healed, some patients are left with agony that lasts for years. Shingles can be fatal in about 1 in 1,000 people over the age of 70.
If you’ve already experienced shingles, the shingles vaccination isn’t necessary. In people who have already had shingles, the shingles vaccination is quite effective, and it will improve your protection against future shingles infections. After you’ve recovered from shingles, your doctor will advise you how long you should wait before getting the shingles vaccination. This might take up to a year.