New Shingles Vaccine Now Available

The Grundy County Health Department has now received the much-anticipated Shingrix vaccine.

Shingrix is the new vaccine for shingles that was recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in October 2017. Two doses of Shingrix is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles.

You can get vaccinated with Shingrix even if you already had Zostavax. Zostavax is the shingles vaccine that has been on the market since 2006. Zostavax reduces the risk of developing shingles by 51%.

Shingrix is recommended for persons age 50 and up and is a two-dose series. Doses are given 2-6 months apart.

Shingrix may be covered by Medicare Part D or your health insurance but the maker of Shingrix, GlaxoSmithKline, is advising providers that insurance companies may take a few months to update their systems to add the new vaccine. Widespread coverage is anticipated by April 2018. Please call your health insurance provider to see if Shingrix is covered or if it might be better to wait until April.

For more information about Shingrix, visit the CDC's website.

We created an information sheet about the shingles vaccine and insurance coverage. Here it is!

To schedule an appointment, please call us at (660) 359-4196.

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