The free shingles vax has launched. Here’s what you need to know


Despite an efficacy dilemma, funding the shingles vaccine should be a boon to the elderly

POST-HERPETIC neuralgia (PHN) brings pain and misery — it’s the nasty, hard-to-treat sequel to shingles that elderly people are desperate to avoid.

Secondary infection, scarring, ophthalmic and hearing disorders, neurological symptoms and, above all, months of pain, are among the complications of shingles. There