UPDATE: Public Health Wales has extended the criteria for obtaining a Shingles vaccine.

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From:     Public Health Wales

In 2013 Wales introduced a shingles vaccine for older people. This offers free shingles vaccine for those aged 70 years to protect against herpes zoster as part of a national immunisation programme. There is also a catch up for those age 77, 78 and 79 years of age.

From 1 April 2017, anyone aged 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 77, 78, or 79 on 1 September 2017 is offered the free vaccine up until the day before their 80th birthday. In a few years time, all those aged 70-79 will be offered the free vaccination.

If you have not been contacted by your GP and offered a vaccination, you can check if you are eligible for a free vaccination HERE. To use the checker, I found it only works if you Click on the calendar: enter the year; then month; then day; in that order.

Shingles can be very unpleasant extremely painful and , in rare cases, have serious consequences. You can read more HERE.