Shingles jab leaflet branded ‘misleading’

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A PENSIONER claims he was misled by a Department of Health leaflet offering shingles vaccinations to people in their 70s.

John Greenfield, 71, was told he was not eligible for the jab, despite being within the 70 to 79 age range advertised on the cover, after it transpired the immunisation is only available to people aged 70 or 79, and not those in between.

The leaflet, available at GPs surgeries, was produced by a company called Sanofi Pasteur who provide the vaccinations.

A spokesman for the company apologised and said: “These materials were produced using the best information available at the time, identifying Public Health England’s target ages for shingles immunisation as those aged between 70 and 79 years.

“When the details of the first cohort of eligible patients was confirmed as people aged 70 years, and people aged 79 years, we wrote to GP surgeries and replaced the leaflets with updated versions. We hope that the new versions will help people to have an informed discussion about shingles with their healthcare professionals.”