Getting vaccinated is the only protection against shingles

Monday, June 4, 2018

Shingles is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, causing a very painful rash. In October 2017, the FDA approved a new shingles vaccine, called Shingrix that is 97% effective for adults age 50 to 69, and 91% effective for adults age 70 and older. 

The Center for Disease Control recommends healthy adults age 50 and older get two doses of Shingrix 2-6 months apart even if:

  • You have had shingles already.
  • You already received the previous shingles vaccine Zostavax.
  • You are not sure if you had the chicken pox. 

Shingrix is not for anyone who:

  • Is allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • Currently has shingles. 
  • Is pregnant or breast feeding. 

 If you are age 50 and older there are three ways to get the Shingrix vaccination covered at no cost under your TeamCare Wellness Benefit:

Using your TeamCare Benefits ID Card with the CVS/Caremark logo:

  • Stop in to any in-network Caremark pharmacy, such as CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Kroger, or Rite Aid. 

Using your Medical ID card:

  • Stop in at any local CVS MinuteClinic.
  • Schedule an appointment with your in-network primary care physician.