Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination Service


The Shingles Vaccine is available for both men and women aged between 50-70, and provides protection against Shingles, a virus that causes a painful rash.

Our private vaccine service provides peace of mind at a cost of £170 for a single dose of vaccine. You will require a single vaccine to provide long-term protection.

What is Shingles?

Shingles, also called Herpes Zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella-zoster virus).


How do you catch Shingles?

You do not ‘catch’ Shingles – it comes on when there’s a reactivation of Chickenpox virus that’s already in your body.

After you’ve recovered from Chickenpox, the Varicella-Zoster virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and can reactivate at a later stage when your immune system is weakened.

Anyone who has had Chickenpox can get Shingles.

Is Shingles serious?

Yes, it can be. Not only can Shingles be very painful and uncomfortable, some people are left with long-lasting pain call Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN) for years after the initial rash has healed.

Very rarely, Shingles or complications can be fatal.

How common is Shingles?

Around 1 in 5 people who have had Chickenpox (usually in childhood) go on to develop Shingles. That means that 10’s of thousands of people in England and Wales will get Shingles each year.

How is the Shingles Vaccine given?

As an injection into the upper arm.

Who can have the Shingles Vaccination on the NHS?

Shingles Vaccination is available to everyone aged 70-79.

When you’re eligible, you can have the Shingles vaccination at any times of the year.

The Shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because is seems to be less effective in this age group.

Read more about who can have the Shingles vaccine.

Information from the NHS website as at 14/04/2022
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