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.
With effect from 1st April 2019, Shingles vaccinations are available for patients when they reach their 70th Birthday and for any unvaccinated individuals in their 70's prior to their 80th Birthday.
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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