Seaton Park Medical Group
Ashington and Newbiggin
Telephone 01670 811811

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What is Shingles?

Dated: 28-Sep-16

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus) it comes on when there's a reactivation of chickenpox virus that's already in your body. After you've recovered from chickenpox the varicella-zoster virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and can reactivate at a later stage when your immune system is weakened. Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles.
 
Who should have the vaccination

It is available to all 70-year-olds and, until the last day of August 2017, to 78-year olds too. People who were eligible for immunisation in the first three years of the programme but have not yet been vaccinated against shingles also remain eligible until their 80th birthday. These are people:

  • aged 71, 72 and 73 on 1 September 2016
  • aged 79 on 1 September 2016

Anyone aged 80 and over is unsuitable to have the shingles vaccination on the NHS because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

For more information please visit NHS and view this poster.

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