Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It is caused by the same virus as chickenpox and causes painful blisters on the skin.
In Scotland around 7000 people aged 70 years and over get shingles every year. There is a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles (also known as herpes zoster), or, if you do get shingles, it can reduce how serious the symptoms will be.
For more information about shingles, the vaccination and eligibility, please click on the link - Immunisaton Scotland - Shingles
If you wish to have the Shingles Vaccination, please telephone the surgery on 0131 557 5545 to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
(The FLU vaccination can be given at the same time as the shingles vaccination)
Shingles Vaccination Eligibility
- Aged 70 or 71 on 1st September 2015
- i.e. born between 2nd September 1943 and 1st September 1945
- Aged 78 or 79 on 1st September 2015
- i.e. born between 2nd September 1935 and 1st September 1937