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Shingles vaccine information

The Department of Health has written to NHS colleagues to provide more information about the imminent introduction of the shingles vaccine to the national vaccination programme.

The vaccine will be available with effect from September 2013 for people aged 70 years (routine cohort) and 79 years (catch-up cohort). A new chapter on shingles has been included in Immunisation against infectious disease (Green Book) but this letter also contains information about shingles and the herpes zoster vaccine including administration, contraindications, ordering and storage.

Action: Clinicians who will be involved in the delivery of the shingles vaccination programme should be aware of this letter and may wish to familiarise themselves with details provided.

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