Shingles

Patients eligible for Shingles from September 2018

- Those patients who are: aged 70 (Becoming eligible on 70th birthday) and 78 years old.
- Cohorts from previous years remain eligible up to their 80th birthday.

Previous Routine Cohort:

  • Patients in their 70s who was born on and after 2 September 1942 and has not yet had the vaccine.
  • Patients aged 79 years old who has missed out on the vaccine.

 *please be aware patients who have had their 80th birthday are NO LONGER eligible for vaccination.

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What is shingles?

Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.

Shingles usually affects a specific area on either the left or right side of the body and does not cross over the midline of the body (an imaginary line running from between your eyes, down past the belly button). It causes a painful rash which develops into itchy blisters.

Most people will feel unwell for several days before the rash appears.

Your GP can diagnose shingles based on your symptoms and the appearance of the rash.

Read more information about the symptoms of shingles.

What causes shingles?

Most people have chickenpox in childhood, but after the illness has gone, the virus remains dormant (inactive) in the nervous system. The immune system (the body’s natural defence system) keeps the virus in check, but later in life it can be reactivated and cause shingles.

It is not known exactly why the shingles virus is reactivated at a later stage in life, but it may be due to having lowered immunity (protection against infections and diseases). This may be the result of:

  • being older
  • being stressed
  • a condition that affects your immune system, such as HIV and AIDS

Read more information about the causes of shingles.

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