Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of the shingles vaccine Shingrix. Due to the shortage, we will not be taking new appointments or have a waiting list at this time. If you have an appointment scheduled for your first or second dose, keep your appointment. If you have had your first dose and did not schedule your follow-up appointment, please contact us at the time your second dose is due to see if the vaccine is available. Please check our Facebook page and website for up-to-date information.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix®, separated by 2 to 6 months, to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease.
Shingrix® provides strong protection against shingles and post herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Two doses of Shingrix® is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and PHN. Protection stays above 85% for at least the first four years after you get vaccinated.
- Even if you have been vaccinated with the old vaccine, Zostavax®, it is recommended that you receive the new vaccine.
- There is no maximum age for getting Shingrix®.
- You can get Shingrix whether or not you remember having had chickenpox in the past or have had shingles.
Will your insurance cover the NEW vaccine?
Check with your insurance before scheduling your appointment. Make sure you ask them the following questions.
- Is my policy active?
- If I receive the Shingrix® vaccine (CPT code 90750) at a First District Health Unit, will it be covered?
Medicare will NOT cover the cost of the Shingrix® vaccine. However, a client’s Medicare prescription plan might cover a portion of the cost. Staff at FDHU can look up the cost for Medicare prescription recipients on an individual basis.
If you do not have insurance, the cost for each dose of the vaccine is $182.15. Shingrix® is a 2-dose series for people age 50 and older. Doses are recommended 2-6 months apart.
IMPORTANT! PLEASE CALL YOUR INSURANCE TO VERIFY COVERAGE FOR DAY OF SERVICE. EVEN IF YOU HAVE HAD COVERAGE IN THE PAST, YOUR POLICY MAY HAVE CHANGED. FIRST DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT MAY NOT BE IN YOUR NETWORK. ANY BALANCE THAT INSURANCE DOES NOT PAY WILL BE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.