From 1 September 2015 shingles vaccine should be offered to:
• Patients aged 70 years on 1 September 2015; and
• Patients aged 78 years on 1 September 2015.
In addition, patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but have not been vaccinated against shingles remain eligible until their 80th birthday. These cohorts are:
• Patients aged 71 and 72 on 1 September 2015; and
• Patients aged 79 on 1 September 2015.
The immunisation programme is working towards offering a single dose of shingles vaccine to all 70 – 79 year-olds, subject to the capacity of the system to deliver the full range of immunisations which make up the national immunisation programme.
Until 31 August 2015, GPs should continue to offer shingles vaccine to all those who were aged 70, 78 or 79 on 1 September 2014.
Many people find it convenient to have their shingles vaccine at the same time as their flu vaccination. Please contact the surgery to book an appointment.