New National Shingles Immunisation Programme
In September 2013, a new national immunisation programme was introduced by the Department of Health for people in certain age groups to help protect those most at risk from Shingles. Shingles is a condition that is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Once you have had chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in your nervous system and later in life can reactivate and cause Shingles. Shingles is most common and tends to be more severe in people aged over 70 years as the immune system weakens with age.
Patient eligibility for shingles vaccination from 1st April 2016 until 31st March 2017s :-
Age 70 on 1 September 2016
(date of birth between 02/09/1945 and 01/09/1946)
Age 71 on 1st September 2016
(date of birth between 02/09/1944 and 01/09/1945)
Age 72 on 1st September 2016
(date of birth between 02/09/1943 and 01/09/1944)
Age 78 on 1 September 2016
(date of birth between 02/09/1937 and 01/09/1938)
Age 79 on 1 September 2016
(date of birth between 02/09/1936 and 01/09/1937)
Other age groups will be introduced in the future to ensure all people aged 70 to 79 are offered vaccination against Shingles. People under 70 will be offered the Shingles vaccination when they turn 70. People aged 80 and over are not part of the national programme.
If you are eligible for a Shingles vaccination this year, please contact the surgery to make an appointment.