The shingles vaccine helps protect against shingles. It’s recommended for people at higher risk from shingles, including all adults turning 65, those aged 70 to 79 and those aged 50 and over with a severely weakened immune system.
After you have chickenpox, the virus remains dormant living in the nerves. For most of your life you will not be aware of this but from time to time the virus can come back a spread to the skin causing shingles.
Shingles can be very painful and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older because your immune system is weakened by increasing age, stress or a range of medical conditions and treatments.
For some, the pain caused by shingles can last for years and can really affect your life.
For more information about shingles and the shingles vaccine, please visit the NHS Website here.
We also have the complete routine immunisation schedule available below in a variety of languages.