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Drs Johnson, Garrett & Mitchell
 Drs Johnson, Garrett & Mitchell

4 Brewer Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1RU

Tel: 01622 755401
Fax: 01622 695378

Shingles Campaign 2017.18

 

 

The vaccination against Shingles is ongoing & we encourage all eligible patients to book with the Practice Nurse & have this vaccination.

 

Please click here for information on eligibility for the Shingles Vaccine.  You can also confirm your eligibility by inputting your date of birth by clicking here.

 

Anyone aged 70 can have the shingles vaccine on the NHS.  You become eligible for the vaccine from the first day of September after your 70th birthday.

 

People in their 70’s born on or after 1 September 1942and those aged 78 or 79 years are eligible for shingles vaccination

 


In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes:

 

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, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.

 

You should not have the shingles vaccine if you:

  • have a weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer treatment, if you take steroid tablets or if you've had an organ transplant – your doctor will advise whether this applies to you)
  • you've had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatin – again, your GP can advise you if this applies to you
  • you've had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccine
  • have an untreated TB infection  

It's safe and may be more convenient for you to have the shingles vaccine at the same time as your flu vaccine in the autumn.


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