Who can have the shingles vaccine?

This shingles vaccine is now routinely offered to everyone aged 70 to 79 in NHS Wales.

If you are 70 years old, and have not had a shingles vaccine before, you can now have a free shingles vaccine. You will remain eligible until your 80th birthday.

It is given as a single injection to. You will only need to have this vaccine once.

Is there anyone who should not have the shingles vaccination?

You should not have the shingles vaccine if you:

  • have a weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer treatment, if you take steroid tablets or if you've had an organ transplant – your doctor will advise whether this applies to you)
  • you've had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatin – again, your GP can advise you if this applies to you
  • you've had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccine
  • have an untreated TB infection

Your GP or practice nurse will check the vaccine is suitable for you before giving the vaccine.

The shingles vaccine and other vaccines

You can have the shingles vaccine at any time of the year. Some people decide to have it at the same time as their flu vaccine in the autumn.


Click here to see all vaccination leaflets.

Last Updated: 01/04/2017 09:00:00
The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS UK NHS website