A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is now available on the NHS to people in their 70s.
The first people to have the vaccine will be those aged 70 or 79 on September 1st 2013. If you were aged 70 or 79 on September 1st 2013 but become 71 or 80 before attending for vaccination, you will still be able to have the shingles vaccine. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once.
The vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
If you meet the age criteria above, please contact the Surgery to book an appointment. The vaccination can be given at the same time as your annual flu jab.
Further information can be found at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx
PLEASE NOTE: The qualifying age criteria for the shingles vaccine, detailed in the recent flu invitation letter was incorrect and should have read 1st September 2013 NOT 1st September 2014. Apologies for this error.