People in their 70s across the UK will be offered a vaccine against shingles from this week.
The government-led programme will initially offer the vaccine to those aged 70, 78 and 79. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it, and can cause a painful rash. Around 800,000 people will be eligible for the vaccine in the first year of the programme.
Don’t forget you can find out more about the treatment of Shingles from the BMJ at http://www.bmj.com/content/326/7392/748 Treatment of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia