Home Health Ask your GP about the shingles vaccination

Ask your GP about the shingles vaccination

by Laura Johnston

Make sure you don’t miss out on the vaccination to protect you from shingles.

The vaccine, which is available to anyone aged between 70 and 75, as well as those aged 78 or 79, helps reduce the risk of getting shingles and lessens the severity of symptoms if you develop the condition.

Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox and is unlike other diseases as you don’t catch it from other people. Anyone can develop shingles because most people have had chickenpox. Even after recovering from chickenpox, some of the virus can survive and lie dormant in the nervous system; being reactivated later in life when the immune system is weakened by increasing age, stress or conditions/treatments that reduce your immunity.

The condition can be very painful and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older.

So if you’re eligible, contact your GP practice to make an appointment to have your vaccination. For more information about shingles visit the NHS website.