Shingles immunisation programme from September 2016

The fourth year of the shingles (herpes zoster) immunisation programme aims to vaccinate patients aged 70-73 years and 78-79 years.

By the end of March 2016, just under half of all eligible 70- and 78-year-olds had been vaccinated against shingles.  | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
By the end of March 2016, just under half of all eligible 70- and 78-year-olds had been vaccinated against shingles. | SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

From 1st September 2016, GPs should offer shingles vaccine (Zostavax) to patients aged 70 or 78 years on the 1st September 2016.

Further information
View Zostavax drug record
Letter from PHE

Patients who have been eligible in previous years but remain unvaccinated may also be offered the vaccine. These are patients aged 71–73 years or 79 years on 1st September 2016.

Anyone who reaches their 80th birthday is no longer eligible for immunisation owing to the vaccine's declining efficacy with increasing age.

During the 2015/16 programme, just under half of eligible 70- and 78-year-olds had been vaccinated by the end of March 2016, PHE and NHS England report.

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