Vaccination to stop shingles
A new vaccine to prevent shingles will be routinely offered to older people from September 1.
The shingles vaccine will be given as a single injection for anyone aged 70 or 79. Unlike the flu jab, they'll only need to have the vaccination once.
The risk of contracting shingles is reduced by the vaccine, which also makes symptoms milder and shorter for anyone who does then develop it.
Shingles vaccination will be offered routinely as part of the NHS vaccination programme for people during the year after they have turned 70. For a while, it will also be offered to 79-year-olds as part of a catch-up programme.