Shingles, caused by herpes varicella zoster, can result in debilitating long-term post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). A herpes zoster vaccination programme for adults aged over 70 years has been in place since September 2013, aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of shingles disease in older people.
Public Health England have updated their frequently asked questions (FAQ) for health professionals document about the programme.
Olley, M. (2016). Vaccination against shingles: 2015/16: information for healthcare professionals. London: Public Health England, February 24th 2016. PHE Publications Gateway No.2014636.
The sections on contraindications and special considerations for the shingles vaccine were updated in the Green Book during September / October last year. A further update appeared in February 2016.
Shingles (herpes zoster): the green book, chapter 28a updated. London: Public Health England, February 26th 2016.