The shingles vaccine (Zostavax), has been approved to be placed on the National Immunisation Program, to be provided free of charge from 1 November 2016 to people aged 70 years, subject to vaccine supply. There will also be a five year catch-up program for people aged 71 – 79 years. However it is recommended that people 60 years of age or older should get shingles vaccine.  Whether or not you recall having had chickenpox, which is caused by the same virus as shingles it is still recommended that you get the vaccine. There is no maximum age for getting shingles vaccine. Even if you have had shingles, you can still receive shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. There is no specific length of time you must wait after having shingles before receiving shingles vaccine, but generally you should make sure the shingles rash has disappeared before getting vaccinated