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Shingles vaccination uptake: nurses have vital role

Nurses and GPs play a pivotal role in uptake of the shingles vaccine in a UK programme targeting people over 70
Picture shows a 3D illustration of herpes viruses and antibodies. Nurses and GPs play a pivotal role in shingles vaccine uptake, according to researchers investigating why people have the vaccination.

Nurses and GPs play a pivotal role in uptake of the shingles vaccine in a UK programme targeting people over 70

Nurses and GPs play a pivotal role in shingles vaccine uptake, according to researchers investigating why people have the vaccination.

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is characterised by a vesicular skin rash, often accompanied by acute pain and itching. The UK introduced a national vaccination programme targeting people aged 70 or 79 in 2013-2014 . Coverage reached up to 64% in some areas that year, but has declined since.

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