New National Shingles Immunisation Programme
In September 2013, a new national immunisation programme was introduced by the Department of Health for people in certain age groups to help protect those most at risk from Shingles. Shingles is a condition that is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Once you have had chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in your nervous system and later in life can reactivate and cause Shingles. Shingles is most common and tends to be more severe in people aged over 70 years as the immune system weakens with age.
Patient eligibility for shingles vaccination from 1st April 2018 until 31st March 2019 in Wales :-
Anyone born between 02.09.1942 and 01.09.1948 or between 02.09.1938 and 01.09.1941.
If you are within the eligible age groups you may receive your vaccine up until the day before your 80th Birthday.
Those who were born between 02.09.1941 and 01.09.1942 will become eligible for a vaccine in April 2019.
Other age groups will be introduced in the future to ensure all people aged 70 to 79 are offered vaccination against Shingles. People under 70 will be offered the Shingles vaccination when they turn 70. People aged 80 and over are not part of the national programme.
If you are eligible for a Shingles vaccination this year, please contact the surgery to make an appointment.
Hay Medical Centre, 01497 822100
Talgarth Medical Centre, 01874 713000
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