Shingles is caused by a virus called varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. It causes pain, followed by a rash that develops into itchy blisters, similar in appearance to chickenpox.
Shingles is more common in older people and around 1 in every 4 people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life.
If you are aged 70 to 79 on 1 September 2019, protect yourself from the pain of shingles by getting the vaccine.
Appointments are available.
The vaccine is routinely offered in Scotland. It is given as a one-off injection at your GP practice and provides the following:
- helps to protect you by boosting your immunity
- reduces your risk of getting shingles
- makes symptoms milder if you do get shingles
Please note that some people can’t have the shingles vaccine. Your GP or practice nurse will check that you can have the vaccine.