About one in five people who have had chickenpox develop shingles. It is more common in people aged over 70 years, and of these, about 14,000 go on to develop long term pain and over 1400 are admitted to hospital because of it each year. Long term pain associated with Shingles is more likely to occur the older you are.
By having the vaccination you will be significantly reducing your chances of developing shingles. And, if you do go on to have shingles the symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter, than if you had not had the vaccination.
The vaccine is being offered to all people aged 70 on the 1st September 2014.People aged 78 or 79 on 1st September 2014 are also being offered the vaccine in a catch-up programme.
To protect against shingles, if you are aged 70 on 1 Sept 2014 or aged 78 or 79 on 1 Sept 2014, please contact the surgery and make an appointment for your Shingles vaccination in one of our Nurse clinics.