People in their 70s are being urged to make sure they receive the free shingles immunisation to prevent the chance of getting the often painful and occasionally fatal condition.
Thurrock Council’s public health team is reminding people in their early or late 70s that they are eligible. Ian Wake, Thurrock’s Director of Public Health said: “I know thinking about having a vaccination is not nice, but it is undoubtedly better than getting shingles.
“Even the small number of people who are unlucky enough to get it despite being immunised tend to get less severe symptoms.”
Anybody who is aged between 70 and 72 or 78 and 79 on Tuesday 01 September is eligible for immunisation until August 31 next year (2016).
Mr Wake added: “Shingles can be painful and uncomfortable and some are left with pain for years - it can even be fatal for 1 in 1,000 cases in people over 70.”
Contact your GP for more information.