Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.


As patients age, their immunity may decrease, and shingles most commonly occurs in people over 70 years old and this is why the vaccination programme offers a free vaccine to older people

The shingles vaccination programme started in September 2013.


Ardens has created a suite of searches to identify those patients who are eligible for the vaccine under the NHS.

The searches focus on patients who are aged between 70 and 79 years old at the age of the search or if a patient has missed the vaccination but are still under 80. The vaccine can be given at any time of the year.

To locate the searches, navigate to the Population Reporting module > 1.5 Ardens Immunisation Searches > Shingles eligibility 2021-22 folder.

Patients about to turn 80 not had shingles

This folder contains searches to identify patients that are about to turn 80 years and  they yet to have their shingles vaccine. Practices should review the list of patients and call appropriately. 

Patients eligible for shingles vaccination 21/22

This search reports on patients who are eligible for a shingles vaccination under NHS guidelines. It reports on all registered patients who are aged between 70 and 79.

  • The child search excludes the patients who have had the vaccination, are recorded as declining the vaccine or are recorded as being contraindicated.
  • The report shows the patient details of those patients who still need the vaccine, including demographics and usual GP. This can be edited to work with the practice text provider to send a text invite to these patients
  • Search 1a. will identify patients that are unlikely to be immunocompromised for Herpes Zoster.
  • Search 1b. will identify patients that may be immunocompromised. We suggest reviewing these patients before invitation.

Review - Shingles contraindicated before 24th August 2021 (before Shingrix)

This search will identify patients recorded with a contraindication code. Practices should review this list of patients to decide if the patient needs to be invited in for the vaccine or to record a further contraindication code.


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