Shingles vaccination eligibility updated for 2015

The immunisation programme, now in its third year, aims to offer a single dose of shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine to all 70-79 year-olds.

By the end of April 2015, over half of all 70, 78 and 79 year olds had been vaccinated against shingles.
By the end of April 2015, over half of all 70, 78 and 79 year olds had been vaccinated against shingles.

NHS England and Public Health England have issued an update on the shingles immunisation programme.

From 1st September 2015, shingles vaccine (Zostavax) should be offered to:

  • Patients aged 70 years on 1st September 2015; and
  • Patients aged 78 years on 1st September 2015.

Patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but have not yet been vaccinated will remain eligible until their 80th birthday. These are:

  • Patients aged 71 and 72 years on 1st September 2015; and 
  • Patients aged 79 years on 1 September 2015

Until 31st August 2015, GPs should continue to offer the shingles vaccine to patients who were aged 70, 78 or 79 years on 1st September 2014.

Any patient who has reached their 80th birthday is no longer eligible for the vaccine. This reflects recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, due to the declining efficacy of the vaccine as age increases.

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