People over the age of 70 are to be offered routine shingles vaccinations in a move to prevent thousands of cases each year, officials said.
The viral infection affects more than 30,000 pensioners in England every year, but experts hope that a new vaccination programme could cut out 40% of cases.
The Department of Health has announced that people aged 70 will be able to get the Zostavax vaccine on the NHS from September, and that people aged up to 79 will be able to take part in a "catch up programme".
At present, some pay between £150 and £200 to get the jab privately.
More top news
Robert Moore believes Donald Trump lost his way during the first head-to-head presidential debate with Hillary Clinton.
Police excavating a site on the Greek island of Kos say they have found pieces of fabric in their search for Ben Needham.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have clashed in a fiery first presidential debate in the race for the White House.