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For Staff Herpes Zoster Programme 2017/18

The 2017-18 shingles programme will run from 1st September 2017 until 31st August 2018. The programme is aimed primarily at: 

  • People aged 70* years (routine) 
  • People aged 76* years (catch up) * this is defined by the patient’s age on 1st September 2017 

In line with previous years, those who were eligible for the programme from the start (and who did not previously take up the offer of vaccination) can still be vaccinated. This includes those aged 71-74 (inclusive) and 77 to 79 (inclusive) – see Annex B in the CMO letter for further detail on dates of birth. Vaccine should not be offered to anyone aged over 80, even if they have previously been eligible, as efficacy of the vaccine declines with age.

Resources to assist GPs with promoting the programme and inviting eligible patients is available from NHS Health Scotland 

A screening tool (Review date Aug 2018) has been developed to support healthcare practitioners in the identification of patients for whom the shingles vaccine is contra-indicated. 

Non-NHS nurses who are administering vaccine to adults with incapacity in care homes should be aware of the Care Inspectorate Recommendations governing consent.