Source: BBC News
Date of publication: April 2013
Publication Type: News
In a nutshell: People in their 70s across the UK will be offered a vaccine against shingles from this September. Experts have been recommending routine immunisation against the disease, which causes a painful rash, for some years. The government-led programme will target 70, 78 and 79-year-olds in the first instance and should prevent tens of thousands of cases a year. Elderly people are at greatest risk and vaccination should prevent nearly half of cases in the over-70s.
Length of publication: 1-page news item