A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s. Unlike the flu jab, you’ll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.

You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 or 75 and your birthday is after 2/9/1942.

In addition, you are also eligible if you are aged 78 or 79 at the point of vaccination up until your 80th birthday.

The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS if you are aged 80 or over.

For further information about Shingles, please visit NHS Choices.