NATIONAL NHS GUIDANCE ON THE
SHINGLES VACCINATION PROGRAMME
Who can have the shingles vaccine?
Anyone aged 70 on September 1st 2013 (born between 2/9/42 and 1/9/43) is eligible for the new shingles vaccine on the NHS.
If you were aged 79 on September 1st 2013 (born between 2/9/33 and 1/9/34) you will also be able to have the shingles vaccine as part of a catch-up programme.
If you were aged 71 to 78 on September 1st 2013, your next opportunity to have the shingles vaccine will be when you reach the age of 79. The reason the shingles vaccination programme is being staggered this way, is that it would be impractical to vaccinate everyone in their 70s in a single year.
Anyone aged 80 and over on September 1st 2013 will not be able to have the shingles vaccination on the NHS because it seems to be less effective as you get older. However, there may be some people aged 79 on September 1st 2013 who will have turned 80 by the time they attend for vaccination, and they remain entitled to receive the vaccine.
Who should NOT have the shingles vaccination?
- You should not have the shingles vaccine if you:
- Have a weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer treatment, if you take steroid tablets, if you’ve had your spleen removed, or if you have had an organ transplant – your doctor will advise whether this applies to you)
- You have had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatine – again, your GP can advice you if this applies to you
- You have had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccine
- Have an untreated TB infection
Taken from www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations