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Shingles: guidance and vaccination programme

The characteristics, management and surveillance of shingles (herpes zoster).

Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.

Following chickenpox infection, the virus can lie dormant in the nervous tissue but may reappear following reactivation as shingles. It is possible to have shingles more than once.

A shingles vaccination programme started in September 2013.

For symptoms and general information on shingles, visit NHS Choices.

Management

The Virus Reference Department (VRD) provides diagnostic and reference services for rash associated viral infections.

  1. Rash in pregnancy

    • 1 January 2011
    • Guidance
  2. Chickenpox and shingles: infection control in prisons and other places of detention

    • 27 October 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Varicella zoster virus referral form

    • 1 April 2014
    • Form

Data collection

There are 2 shingles surveillance systems in place: GP sentinel surveillance, and pain clinic surveillance. They monitor the effectiveness and impact of the vaccination campaign.

Practices or clinics interested in participating in either programme please contact shingles.kits@phe.gov.uk for further information.

GP consultation rates for shingles are included in the GP in-hours syndromic surveillance system

  1. Post-herpetic neuralgia in pain clinics: surveillance protocol and forms

    • 1 January 2014
    • Guidance

Epidemiology

  1. Herpes zoster (shingles) immunisation programme: vaccine coverage data

    • 24 April 2015
    • Research and analysis

Research and analysis

  1. Herpes zoster (shingles) immunisation programme 2013 to 2014: evaluation report

    • 19 December 2014
    • Research and analysis

Vaccination programme

The universal vaccination programme aims to reduce the incidence and severity of shingles disease in older people.

  1. Herpes zoster (shingles) immunisation programme 2013 to 2014: evaluation report

    • 19 December 2014
    • Research and analysis
  2. Shingles (herpes zoster): the green book, chapter 28a

    • 23 September 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Shingles vaccination: training slideset for healthcare professionals

    • 23 September 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Shingles Q&A for healthcare professionals

    • 23 September 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Shingles vaccination

    • 21 August 2014
    • Promotional material
  6. Shingles immunisation programme letter

    • 20 August 2014
    • Correspondence
  7. Shingles vaccination for adults aged 70, 78 or 79 years of age: calculator

    • 7 August 2014
    • Promotional material