This Public Health England (PHE) press release reminds people aged 79 years, who have been offered the shingles vaccine previously but not received it, to have one before their 80th birthday.
“We strongly recommend getting vaccinated to prevent this painful condition. You only need to be vaccinated once and it’s important that you get it while you’re the right age”.
Approaching 80? Make sure you have had your shingles vaccine. [Online]: Public Health England, June 28th 2016.
September 2016 Update
A poster indicating the ages of people eligible for the shingles vaccination from September 2016:
Who is eligible for the 2016 to 2017 shingles vaccine? London: Public Health England, September 2016.
Effectiveness of the Shingles Vaccine
Public Health England estimates the number of shingles cases to have reduced by 35% in England since introduction of the vaccine for selected 70-year-olds.
“PHE estimates that the vaccine is 62% effective against shingles and between 70-88% effective against PHN”.
Roxby, P. (2017). Shingles vaccine ‘has cut cases by a third’ in England. London: BBC Health News, December 22nd 2017.