Willowbrook Medical Practice

Willowbrook Medical Practice

Brook Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 1ES

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Telephone: 01623 440018

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Shingles Vaccine

Shingles

Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash.   Get advice from 111 as soon as possible if you think you have it.

Check if you have shingles

The first signs of shingles can be:

  • a tingling or painful feeling in an area of skin
  • a headache or feeling generally unwell

A rash will appear a few days later.

Usually you get the shingles rash on your chest and tummy, but it can appear anywhere on your body including on your face, eyes and genitals.

The rash appears as blotches on your skin, on 1 side of your body only. A rash on both the left and right of your body is unlikely to be shingles.

See Shingles – NHS (www.nhs.uk) for more information.

 

Who can have the shingles vaccine?

You’re eligible for the shingles vaccine when you’re aged 70 to 79.

When you’re eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.

The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.

See the NHS website for more information.