Shingles Immunisation

Updated on 22nd January 2014 at 10:39 am

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Aged 70 or 79?  There’s now a vaccine to help protect you against shingles.  The vaccine should not be given to a person who has primary or acquired immunodeficiency state due to conditions such as:

  • acute and chronic leukaemias
  • lymphoma
  • other conditions affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system
  • immunosupression due to HIV/AIDS
  • cellular immune deficiencies
  • is receiving immunosupressive therapy (including hig-dose corticosteroids)
  • has an active untreated TB infection
  • has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of varicella vaccine
  • has had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to any component of the vaccine, including neomycin or gelatin

All people aged 70 on 2 September 1942 and 1 September 1943 inclusive are eligible for the vaccine

All people aged 79 on 2 September 1933 and 1 September 1934 inclusive are eligible for the vaccine

More information is available from http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx

 

 

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