Help protect yourself against shingles
Shingles is a painful rash caused by a viral infection. Our private vaccination service costs £450 for a full course of two doses and is a simple way to help protect against shingles. It’s suitable for people aged 50 and over and is available in selected Boots pharmacies.*
Benefits of the service
Step oneBook an appointment
Book online or in store
Step twoFirst dose
Receive your first vaccination after a
consultation with the pharmacist
Step threeSecond dose
Return for your second vaccination
2 to 6 months later
How long will my appointment take?
Your appointment will take around 20 minutes.
Shingles is caused by the reactivation of varicella-zoster – the virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, this virus stays inside your body and can become activated during times of stress or infection.
It’s estimated that up to 1 in 3 people will get shingles and the risk increases with age.^
Shingles causes a painful blistering rash that can take up to four weeks to heal and, in some cases, can lead to long-term pain known as Post Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN) that can last for months or even years. Whilst shingles can’t be spread to others, if you have shingles, anyone who has not had chickenpox before could catch chickenpox from you, as shingles is caused by the same virus. Our private vaccination service is a way to help protect against shingles.
If you’re aged between 70 and 79, you may be eligible for a free NHS shingles vaccination. We don’t offer the NHS shingles service at Boots so please ask your GP for more information.
Our service uses a vaccine called Shingrix, which is proven to be up to 90% effective at preventing shingles in clinical trials.^^
It’s given in two doses, with the second being administered two to six months after the first. It’s important to have both doses to get the full benefits of protection – our pharmacy team can book you in for your second dose after you’ve had the first.
*Selected UK Boots pharmacies, subject to availability. Eligibility criteria apply. Please note this is not an NHS service
^^Shingrix Summary of Product Characteristics, available at https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc
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Pneumonia is a serious chest infection that’s most common in autumn and winter. You may also want to consider our Pneumonia Vaccination Service, suitable for adults aged 18 and over.± Find out more about the private Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service here.
± At most Boots pharmacies, subject to availability. Eligibility criteria and charges apply