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.