If you are aged 70, 78 or 79 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.  All people aged 70 on 1 September 2014 are eligible (i.e. all those born between 2nd September 1943 and 1st September 1944 inclusive).  People aged 79 will also be offered this vaccine (i.e. those born between 2nd September 1934 and 1st September 1936, inclusive).  People aged 78 or 79 will also be offered the vaccine in a catch up programme. Ask the nurse or your doctor if you would like this vaccine.  The government plans to invite other age groups between 71 and 77 as vaccine becomes available. 

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