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Shingles Vaccination

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What is shingles?


Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It's caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.


It's estimated around one in every four people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life.


What is the shingles vaccination?


The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.


The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.



For more information about shingles and eligibility for the shingles vaccination, please visit the NHS Choices page here.