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Today, I am speaking to you about Shingles Vaccines!
There are two Shingles vaccines licensed in the United States available.
The first one is the "Zoster Vaccine Live," also known as "Zostavax." Many of you probably have received this vaccine, which is a "Live" vaccine and the CDC reports it as being 51% effective against Shingles.
The second vaccine is the "Recombinant Zoster Vaccine," also known as "Shingrix" has been used since October of 2017.
The CDC reports the Shingrix vaccine is about 91% effective against Shingles.
The cost of the Shingles vaccine is covered under Medicare "Part D."
You can look up the Zostavax vaccine or Shingrix vaccine in your plan's formulary, or you can call the customer service number on the back of your identification card.
Every plan can have a different cost for either vaccine, so it is important you check with your plan, prior to getting the vaccine.
There are side effects that can be associated with either vaccine.
Go to the CDC website to learn more about Shingles and the vaccines
Learn more about how Shingles is transmitted, the sign & symptons and treatment for Shingles here:
I'm not a doctor!
If you have any health related questions regarding shingles and/or vaccines, due your own due diligence or contact your health care provider for more information.
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