Shingles vaccine

For people aged 70 to 79

Shingles is more common in older adults. If you were aged 70 to 79 on 1 September 2020, protect yourself from the pain of shingles by getting the vaccine.

What is shingles?

Shingles is caused by a virus called varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. 

It causes pain, followed by a rash that develops into itchy blisters, similar in appearance to chickenpox.

Shingles is more common in older people. Around 1 in every 4 people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life. 

More about shingles


Protecting yourself against shingles

A vaccine's routinely offered in Scotland to protect against shingles. 

The vaccine:

  • helps to protect you by boosting your immunity
  • reduces your risk of getting shingles
  • makes symptoms milder if you do get shingles

It’s given as a one-off injection and you can get it at any time of year. 

Ask your health professional about local arrangements to get your shingles vaccine.

More about the shingles vaccine


Who can have the vaccine

If you were aged 70 to 79 on 1 September 2018, you're eligible for the free shingles vaccine.

If you're eligible, you can get the vaccine at your GP practice any time during the year. Phone your GP to make an appointment to get your vaccine.

Some people can’t have the shingles vaccine, your health professional will check that you can have the vaccine.