What is shingles?
Shingles is a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the same virus that causes chicken pox. Sometimes pain in the affected region can be severe and prolonged
Who can have a free shingles vaccine?
The National Shingles Vaccination Program will provide free shingles vaccination to all people aged 70 years old, with a five-year catch‑up program for people aged 71-79 years old until 31 October 2021. Those who are not eligible for a free vaccine can purchase it with a prescription from their doctor.
Am I really at risk?
One in three people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As you get older, the risk of getting shingles and neurological complications increases.
Why should I get vaccinated?
Shingles is uncomfortable, and for some people can be very painful and last a long time. Although most people recover within a few weeks, some go on to develop chronic nerve pain called post-herpetic neuralgia. This is an ongoing, severe nerve pain, which can sometimes go on for months or even years.
If I’ve had shingles before should I still get vaccinated?
Discuss with your GP or vaccination provider. Vaccination is still recommended for those who have had shingles infection in the past. It is recommended to wait at least a year between an episode of shingles and having the vaccine.
Where can I get the shingles vaccine?
The vaccine is available from your GP or local vaccination provider.