NATIONAL NHS GUIDANCE ON THE
SHINGLES VACCINATION PROGRAMME
Who can have the shingles vaccine?
You become eligible on your 70th birthday......anyone born after 1st September 1942 is eligible for the vaccine.
If you were born before 2nd September 1942 you become eligible on your 78th birthday.
If you are aged 78 & 79 you are eligible but anyone who is 80 or over isn't eligible because it seems to be less effective as you get older.
If you are still unsure if you are eligible or not, please put your date of birth in this interactive tool and it will tell you your eligibility status.
Shingles interactive tool
Who should NOT have the shingles vaccination?
- You should not have the shingles vaccine if you:
- Have a weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer treatment, if you take steroid tablets, if you’ve had your spleen removed, or if you have had an organ transplant – your doctor will advise whether this applies to you)
- You have had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatine – again, your GP can advice you if this applies to you
- You have had a serious allergic reaction (including anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccine
- Have an untreated TB infection
Taken from www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations