Our stores now have the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix©, in stock! Limited supplies are available so come in today to protect yourself from shingles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend Shingrix© for all adults 50 years of age and older. Even people who have had shingles or previously got Zostavax should be vaccinated with Shingrix© to prevent shingles and the complications caused by the disease. This vaccine is a 2 shot series separated by 2 to 6 months.
Most prescription insurance and Medicare part D plans cover the vaccine. However, some plans, specifically Medicare Part D, still charge a copay. Our pharmacies will bill the shingles vaccine to your insurance before we administer it and let you know if you have any copay or other out-of-pocket expense.
What is shingles?
Shingles is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. After time, the virus reactivates and causes shingles. Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for shingles, however, the risk goes up significantly after the age of 50. Studies show that more than 99% of Americans 40 years and older have had chickenpox, even if they don’t remember having the disease.
Complications of shingles:
- Postherpetic neuralgia is the most common complication. It causes severe pain in areas where you have the rash. People can have pain from PHN for many years and it can persist for the rest of their life. This pain is also very hard to treat since it normally involves damaged nerves (nerve pain).
- Vision loss can happen if shingles affects your eyes
- Hearing or balance problems can also arise if you have the rash near your ear or on the side of the face. These problems can be temporary or permanent.
- Very rarely, shingles can lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation (encephalitis), or death
The new shingles vaccine Shingrix© is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and PHN. Also, studies show that this vaccine is safe! Some people reported a sore arm with mild to moderate pain after receiving the Shingrix© vaccine. Other people have had some redness and swelling at the injection site. Most of these reactions clear up in a few hours and rarely may persist for a few days.