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I recently qualified for my shingles vaccine on the NHS.
Curiously the surgery seemed very secretive about the vaccine availability. Because of limited appointments I attended the day before my qualifying birthday and was told I shouldn't really have been given it.
It is bizarre that NHS England and PHE have such an ambivalent attitude to this vaccination.
No wonder only 41% of those eligible actually get the vaccine.
If it is thought that there is a cost benefit in preventing shingles in the elderly, surely the vaccine that is 87% effective (the recombinant adjuvenated zoster vaccine) should now replace the attenuated live vaccine, which is only 27% effective.
Canada Health are recommending those who have had the attenuated live vaccine should now be offered the recombinant vaccine as well.
I emailed the physician who is involved in the roll out of the vaccine policy for zoster but I was not blessed with a reply!