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Where can you get the shingles vaccine?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Shingles, a painful rash caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, can be debilitating for those affected. In rare cases, it can lead to serious complications like hearing-loss and blindness. 

You are more likely to develop shingles as you get older, or if you have a weakened immune system due to an underlying illness, or have recently had treatment (like chemotherapy).

The shingles vaccination is recommended if you’re above the age of 65, or if you’re aged 50 and over with a weakened immune system. 

It’s important to note you will no longer be eligible for the shingles vaccination after your 80th birthday. 

Where can I get the shingles vaccine?

If you are eligible to receive the shingles vaccine, your GP surgery will usually contact you to book an appointment for the vaccination. 

You can also check with your local pharmacy to see if they offer the shingles vaccination, without the need of seeing your GP.

How often do I need the shingles vaccine?

Depending on the type of vaccine administered, you will either have 1 or 2 doses (usually with 6 to 12 months in between each dose). 

After you have completed this course, you will not need any more shingles vaccinations.

Frequently asked questions about shingles

What are the benefits of the shingles vaccine?

The benefits of the shingles vaccine include preventing shingles outbreaks, reducing the severity of symptoms, and lowering the risk of complications such as postherpetic neuralgia.

Who should get the shingles vaccine?

The shingles vaccine is recommended for those aged 50 and above with weakened immunity or above 65. You will no longer be eligible after your 80th birthday.

What are the side effects of the shingles vaccine?

Common side effects of the shingles vaccine include redness, soreness at the injection site, headache, and fatigue.

An older male receives a vaccination jab in the arm

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