Update on Shingles vaccine
As some of you may know from my earlier post on November 8th, my GP practice asked me to attend for a Shingles vaccine recently. I explained to the practice nurse that I thought I had already received the vaccine but she said there was no trace of this on my records. She also said she couldn’t give me the vaccine if I had already received it, so she suggested I contact my old GP practice for further information. I did and they confirmed I had had the Shingles vaccine in 2018 ?presumably the Zostavax? but because I was no longer registered with them, they couldn’t say anymore.
This morning, I have been round the houses trying to get NHS departments to speak to each other, to confirm the details of my Shingles vaccine and to update my medical records. I tried ringing Primary Care Support England this morning but was referred back to my current GP who needs to speak to them personally first, quoting a reference number I was given, before Primary Care Support England can contact my old GP to have the Shingles records released, if indeed they still exist? ALL my medical records should have been transferred over to my new GP practice two years ago, so they have had plenty of time. I wonder what else is missing from my records?
My GP confirmed last Friday that Shingrix could be safely given 5 or more years after Zostavax, so based on this advice I wouldn’t need vaccinating in any event at this time. Thank you all for your support and advice. I have learnt a great deal about Shingles and the superiority of the Shingrix vaccine and should I ever receive another Shingles jab, you will be the first to know.