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Shingles vaccine to be routine for people in their 70s

by admin | 30th April 2013

Shingles vaccine to be routine for people in their 70s

People in their 70s across the UK will be offered a vaccine against shingles from this September.

Experts have been recommending routine immunisation against the disease, which causes a painful rash, for some years.

The government-led programme will target 70, 78 and 79-year-olds in the first instance and should prevent tens of thousands of cases a year.

Elderly people are at greatest risk and vaccination should prevent nearly half of cases in the over-70s.

It is estimated that, in England alone, around 800,000 people will be eligible to receive it in the first year.

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Page last updated: April 30th, 2013 at 2:40 am