Who can have the shingles vaccine?
You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you're aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was previously eligible (born on or after September 2 1942) but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
When you're eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
Is there anyone who should not have the shingles vaccination?
You should not have the shingles vaccine if:
- you have a weakened immune system (for example, because of cancer treatment, if you take steroid tablets, or you have had an organ transplant – your doctor will advise whether this applies to you)
- you have had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of any of the substances in the vaccine, such as neomycin and gelatin – again, your GP can advise you if this applies to you
- you have had a serious allergic reaction (including an anaphylactic reaction) to a previous dose of the chickenpox vaccine
- you have an untreated TB infection
The shingles vaccine and other vaccines
It's safe and may be more convenient for you to have the shingles vaccine at the same time as your flu vaccine in the autumn.
Get answers to some of the most common questions people ask about the shingles vaccine.
Page last reviewed: 6 July 2018
Next review due: 6 July 2021