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Shingles vaccine 'has cut cases by a third' in England

Shingles vaccine 'has cut cases by a third' in England

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Cases of shingles have reduced by 35% in England since a vaccine was offered to 70-year-olds, Public Health England says.But it is urging more people in their 70s to get their free injection against the painful condition.They are most at risk of shingles and more likely to develop complications, such as severe nerve pain.Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chicken pox virus and results in a nasty skin rash and fever.The vaccine programme started in England in 2013 and 5.5m people were eligible for the free single injection over the first three years.A report in the Lancet Journal of Public Health on how much difference the jab has made between 2013 and 2016 found that roughly 17,000 GP visits for shingles had been avoided.And another 3,300 consultations were avoided for one of th...