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Who can have a shingles vaccine?

Who can have a shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine is available in NHS Wales for people aged 70 to 79 years. It helps reduce your risk of getting shingles.

If you get shingles after being vaccinated, the symptoms are likely to be much milder.

Ask at your GP surgery if you are eligible.

Is there anyone who should not have the shingles vaccination?

There are now two different shingles vaccines available in the UK. One is not suitable for people with a very weakened immune system.

Your GP or practice nurse will check which shingles vaccine is suitable for you.

The shingles vaccine and other vaccines

You can have a shingles vaccine at any time of the year. 

Most vaccines may be safely administered at the same time as shingles vaccine, the exceptions are:

  • Shingrix® with adjuvanted flu vaccines (aQIV) - These vaccines should ideally be separated with an interval of at least 7 days
  • Shingles and COVID-19 vaccines - an interval of seven days is recommended between either of the shingles vaccines (Zostavax® or Shingrix®) and any COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Yellow Fever vaccine and Zostavax® - an interval of four weeks is recommended between these two vaccines
  • MMR and Zostavax® - In the rare event that MMR vaccine is indicated in this age group these vaccines should be administered on the same day or with a four-week minimum interval.

Your GP or practice nurse will be able to check the required intervals if you have recently had any other vaccinations


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Last Updated: 17/02/2022 16:09:17
The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website