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Are you entitled to immunisation against Shingles?

Health / Fri 28th Aug 2015 at 11:13am

ShinglesESSEX County Council’s Public Health Team is calling on all residents across the county who are eligible for the shingles immunisation to make sure they get it.

Shingles can be painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. It can even be fatal for 1 in 1,000 cases in adults over 70.

Since September 2013, the shingles vaccine has been routinely offered to 70 and 78 year olds in a bid to boost immunity against the disease and provide protection against it in later years.

In addition, patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first two years of the programme but have yet to be vaccinated, remain eligible until their 80th birthday.

This means that anyone who is aged 70, 71, 72, 78 or 79 on September 1 this year <2015> is eligible for immunisation until August 31, 2016.

Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities and Healthy Living, said: “I would urge people offered the immunisation to have it. Shingles can be very unpleasant. This simple, safe injection is all that is needed to reduce the risk of getting shingles. Those unlucky enough to get shingles in spite of being vaccinated tend to get less severe symptoms.”

For further information please consult the NHS Choices website or check with your GP.

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