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Lincolnshire NHS urges older patients to take up shingles vaccination offer and avoid painful infection

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Older patients are being urged to get the shingles vaccine and help prevent the painful infection.

Anyone aged 70 is eligible to get the vaccination on the NHS from the first day of September after their 70th birthday for a year.

Shingles is an infection of a nerve which affects an estimated one in four people. It occurs in those who have previously had chicken pox which can be reactivated later in life, and is most commonly found in the 50-plus age group.


Symptoms include sensitivity, tingling or a burning sensation on the skin, followed by fever, headache, a painful rash and blisters.

A shingles vaccine programme started in September 2013, with routine vaccinations available for those aged 70-plus.

Antivirals are available for those aged 50 and over which can significantly reduce symptoms.

Chicken pox can be contracted from someone who is suffering from shingles, but it is not possible to contract shingles directly from someone with the virus.

However, chickenpox symptoms can be more severe in adults than in children and may lead to further health complications.

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