Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox, namely herpes varicella zoster. In some elderly persons it can result in long-term and debilitating post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN).
“People in their 70s across the UK will be offered a vaccine against shingles from this September”.
Roberts, M. (2013). Shingles vaccine to be routine for people in their 70s. London: BBC Health News, April 30th 2013.
This relates to:
Millions more protected against disease through improved vaccination programme. London: Department of Health, April 30th 2013.
This also relates to:
Introduction of shingles vaccine for people aged 70 and 79 years. London: Department of Health and Public Health England, July 12th 2013.
2015 Update: Eligibility for the 2015 to 2016 Shingles Vaccine
A Public Health England poster shows the ages of people who are eligible for the shingles vaccination from September 1st 2015.
Who is eligible for the 2015 to 2016 shingles vaccine? London: Public Health England (PHE), August 20th 2015.
More Dated: Questions and Answers
Vaccination against shingles for adults: Updated Q&As for healthcare professionals. London: Public Health England and Department of Health, August 23rd 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].
Progress on the Shingles Immunisation Programme: 2013/14
The following report presents provisional vaccine coverage data for the first eight months of the Herpes Zoster (shingles) Immunisation Programme, which started in September 2013.
Herpes zoster (shingles) immunisation programme 2013/14: cumulative coverage data (provisional) for England to end-April 2014. Infection Report. Vol.8(21). London: Public Health England (Health Protection Authority), May 30th 2014.
Impact of the Shingles Vaccine
Public Health England estimates the number of shingles cases to have declined by 35% in England following the introduction of the vaccine.
“A report in the Lancet Journal of Public Health on how much difference the jab has made between 2013 and 2016 found that roughly 17,000 GP visits for shingles had been avoided… 3,300 consultations were avoided for one of the main complications of shingles – post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) or long-term pain”.
They urge higher uptake:
Roxby, P. (2017). Shingles vaccine ‘has cut cases by a third’ in England. London: BBC Health News, December 22nd 2017.