The Department of Health is now introduced a new vaccine to help protect patients against Shingles.
Shingles can be very painful and tends to affect people more commonly as they get older. And the older you are, the worse it can be. For some, the pain can last for many years.
There is now a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles or reduce the severity of its symptoms should you develop the disease. Shingles is not like other infectious diseases because you don't catch it from someone else.
All people aged 70, 78 and 79 years of age on 1st September 2016 are eligible to get the vaccine
You can have the shingles vaccine at the same time as you get your flu jab in the Autumn
Please speak to one of our Doctors or our Practice Nurses Monica or Bernie, for more information before or after you've had your vaccination.
You can also visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/shingles