Shingles is a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox.
A single dose of shingles vaccine is recommended and funded for adults at 70 years of age. Adults 71-79 years of age are also eligible under a five-year catch up program until 31 October 2021.
At the commencement of the program, the interest in the vaccine was unprecedented. Early shortages have been addressed and there is now ample stock available to meet ongoing demand under the program.
More information is available:
Contraindications to shingles vaccination
Certain people may be unable to have the vaccine, particularly those who have a very weakened immune system. Please speak with your GP for advice.
Advice on contraindications to shingles vaccination is available:
The current Immunisation Authority for Registered Nurses and Midwives does not include herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine. Authorised Nurse Immunisers must not independently initiate and administer herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax) without medical authorisation.