Shingles is a painful blistering rash. Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk of developing shingles. The best protection against shingles is immunisation.
When to get the shingles vaccine
The shingles vaccine is recommended for anyone aged 50 and over.
At age 65
Shingles vaccination is free for 12 months after your 65th birthday. You need 2 doses, 2 to 6 months apart.
If you receive your first dose when you are 65, your second dose will still be free, even if you get it after you turn 66.
If you are eligible for a free vaccination, you must get it from your nurse, doctor, or healthcare provider.
If you are not 65 years old
If you are not 65 years old, you will need to pay.