The shingles vaccine helps prevent shingles; a common, painful skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus.  For some people the pain can last for a long time after the initial rash has healed. Shingles can also be fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it. The shingles vaccine will reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you do go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.

The vaccine is offered at your GP surgery is given as a single injection in the arm. Most people will only need 1 dose, but some people who cannot have the routine vaccine for health reasons will need two doses.

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