For the next one year, the Shingles vaccine has been made available FREE to patients between the ages of 65 and 80.  Whilst the TV advertisements for this vaccine advise patients that it may be given at the same time as the flu vaccine, they do not disclose further important information.

A Shingles Vaccination requires a separate form to fill out – this form does have some complex questions on it that will take our nurses some time to check through carefully.  It is for this reason that we have decided not to offer this vaccine at the same time as the flu vaccine.

This means that at the time of the flu vaccine,  patients requesting the Shingles vaccine will be given the Shingles Vaccination Consent Form to take home with them to fill out and then make an appointment to come back in for the form to be checked and the vaccine to be given.

Some patients will not be able to receive the vaccine if they suffer from some illnesses or are on certain medications, which is the reason why we need to take time to ensure that the vaccine is only administered appropriately.