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Are you eligible for a FREE Shingles Vaccination?
We now have updated information on the forthcoming shingles vaccination eligibility criteria for 2018-2019;
You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you're aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was previously eligible but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, as soon as you turn 70 or 78.
Any patient who reaches their 80th birthday is no longer eligible for the vaccination due to the reducing efficiency of the vaccine as age increases. This is recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for the shingles immunisation programme.
You can download the eligibility poster by clicking this link (please note you will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat in order to view it).