Adult Routine Vaccinations

Adults in the UK are offered 2 routine vaccinations; Pneumococcal Vaccination at age 65 years and Shingles at age 70 years.

Vaccines Available for this Group:

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPV)

This vaccine is offered as a single injection to all adults Aged 65 and over, to protect against Pneumococcal Meningitis.

 

Shingles

Shingles Vaccine is offered as a single injection to all adults aged 70 years and over. Older individuals who have become eligible since the start of the Shingles programme in 2013 remain eligible until their 80th birthday.

There are 2 licensed Shingles vaccines in the UK:

~ Zostavax a live attenuated (weakened) vaccine.

~ Shingrix is a recombinant vaccine (using a specific piece of the virus) and used for patients with a weakened immune system who cannot receive a live vaccine.

 

When will I receive my vaccine?

You will be invited by letter to attend an appointment for your vaccine. Please wait for an appointment letter to arrive. Any queries or changes to appointment should be directed to the telephone number and contact details on the letter.

Your GP is no longer responsible for immunisations, please do not contact them as they will not have information about this programme.

 

Where will I receive my vaccine?

You will be invited to attend your local vaccination centre. If you are categorised as a housebound patient, your vaccine will be delivered during a home visit, or in your care setting.