The new SHINGRIX VACCINE, is a two shot series (given 2+ months apart). It is the new SHINGLES VACCINE and it will be available beginning January, 2018
What is Shingles?
It is reactivated chicken-pox virus in a nerve root that present as a painful rash.
Who gets Shingles?
Anyone who has had chicken pox as a child can get shingles as an adult. 33% of people will get shingles in their lifetime. The vast majority will get it after age 60, but you can get shingles at any age.
Who should get the SHINGRIX VACCINE?
Anyone over the age of 50 can get the vaccine. It appears to be 90% effective, which is much more effective that the current vaccination (Zostavax).
Who SHOULD NOT get SHINGRIX VACCINE?
ALthough this is a ‘dead’ virus and there is little to no risk of transmitting infection from the shot, it is not currently recommended for patients who have reduced immunity due to medications or health conditions. That said, it is anticipated that this vaccine will be approved for such patients, so if you wish to get the vaccine it would be considered acceptable, but not recommended.
How is SHINGRIX given?
It is a two-shot series, given at least 2 months apart.
What side effects are there?
50% of patients will feel ‘crummy’ for 1-2 days afterward with aches/pains/low-grade fever. Like having a mild flu.
Approximately 10% will have a significantly sore arm at the injection site for 1-2 days.
What is the cost?
I do not know the exact cost at this time, but suspect it will be about $200-250 per shot (that’s $400-500 for the two-shot series). The exact cost will be determined once we get the details.
Insurance coverage is completely uncertain. If you want to get the shot, expect to pay for it yourself and not to get help from insurance.
The SHINGRIX VACCINE will make a major impact on SHINGLES. We will see this condition virtually disappear, and that’s a good thing.
Read more about SHINGLES in the shingles section of THE GUIDE at www.DoctorDougBooks.com