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 (i.e. all those born between 2 September 1942 and 1 September 1943, inclusive). People aged 79 are also being offered the vaccine in a catch-up programme (i.e. all those born between 2 September 1933 and 1 September 1934, inclusive).