Shingles Vaccine Programme
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to people in their 70s.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection into the upper arm. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.
The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you do go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. Shingles is also fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
It's fine to have the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles. The shingles vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.
The surgery is currently reminding patients that are eligible for this vaccine to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
There have been several cases of measles in Cornwall over the past few months. Many of these could have been prevented if people had up-to-date vaccinations. Further information on vaccinations can be found at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations
Further information on the signs and symptoms of measles can be found at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/symptoms
If you have any questions about vaccinations please do give us a call.