Date published: 
18 December 2017
Intended audience: 
General public


Date first published on the Immunise Australia website: 5 October 2016

There is now a free vaccine for shingles available for people 70 years old. A free catch up is also available for 71-79 year olds until 31 October 2021.

Shingles is a painful rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. As a person gets older, the risk of getting shingles and neurological complications increases. 

Vaccinations don’t stop at childhood. Talk to your general practitioner about vaccines that may be available for you.

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