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Scottish Immunisation Programme - Shingles Vaccination

Scottish Immunisation Programme - Shingles Vaccination
Details of the 2019-20 Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination Programme

The CMO letter in respect of the 2019/20 Shingles vaccination programme has been published. For the September 2019 – August 2020 programme all people aged 70-79 years on 1st September 2019 not previously vaccinated with shingles vaccine are eligible.

In order to further support the Shingles immunisation programme. NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with Health Protection Scotland has revised it’sresources for registered healthcare practitioners. These can be found below and include training slides and accompanying notes.

Please note: These educational resources continue to be updated as required to support this programme but do not replace the clinical judgement of practitioners. Practitioners should refer to the Public Health England Green Book Chapter when administering the vaccine.

Slides (Office365 PowerPoint) - (open as read only) - last reviewed August 2019
Slides with notes pages(pdf) - last reviewed August 2019

Screening tool for contraindications for shingles vaccine

Shingles vaccine is a live attenuated vaccine and is therefore contraindicated for some patients groups.

A screening tool for contraindications for shingles vaccine has been produced by Health Protection Scotland and is available at

This tool may be used to aid identification of patients who are contra-indicated for this vaccine and includes explanatory notes for registered healthcare practitioners.
The questions in the screening tool are designed for completion either by the patient or by the registered healthcare practitioner in a structured interview with the patient.

Please note: The screening tool is designed to help identify patients who may be contra-indicated for shingles vaccine and does not replace the clinical judgement of registered healthcare practitioners.

Full details are provided in Green Book Chapter on shingles (herpes zoster)