Shingles - Get protected

It is estimated that about one in four over the age of 70 will get shingles. However, the risk is greater with advancing age, and the older you are, the worse the disease can be.

The painful, blistering rash that typically appears on one side of the face or body can last for two to four weeks, and for some, nerve pain, dizziness, hearing loss and eye infections can last for months or even years after visible symptoms go away.

In patients with immune deficiency, the rash can be much more extensive than usual and the illness can be complicated by pneumonia. These cases are more serious, but they are rarely fatal. Very rarely, shingles can also lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation (encephalitis), or death.

Mayor’s Office supports increase uptake of shingles vaccination

London Pharmacies have begun a month-long campaign to support the initiative to raise awareness of the shingles vaccination programme for the over 70s.

Royal College of Nursing calls on GPs to support Shingles campaign

The call comes as thousands across London are not having the vaccination despite one in four set to get the virus in their lifetime.

It’s easy and free to get protected

“Patients may not be aware of the painful impact, and potentially longer-term health issues of getting shingles. It is rare, but shingles can be fatal, and we always need to be mindful of this."

Keep Well and Prevent Shingles

Thousands missing out on shingles prevention programme as one in four set to get the virus in their lifetime.