Shingles is a common, painful skin disease. The NHS shingles programme is available if you are age 70 or 78. In addition anyone who has previously missed out (born on or after 2 September 1942).
It can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. Shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over 70s who develop it. You can also have the shingles vaccination even if you have already had shingles.