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No More Waiting for the Shingles Shot

No More Waiting for the Shingles Shot

After months of delayed and back ordered shipments, Superior Family Medical Center, Nelson Family Medical Shingles vaccineCenter and Edgar Medical Clinic have an ample supply of the shingles shot, Shingrix.  Please call to make an appointment to for the injection.

Who should get Shingrix? 

·        Healthy adults, age 50 years and older
·        An adult with chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, heart failure, or diabetes
·        An adult with a suppressed immune system
·        An adult with a past history of shingles
·        An adult with an unknown history of chickenpox
·        An adult with a mild acute illness
·        An adult with a planned immune suppression

Who should not get Shingrix?

·        If you have a current shingles infection
·        If you have a severe allergic reaction after a dose of Shingrix
·        If you have a negative test for varicella zoster immunity

How effective is Shingrix?

Current studies show that there is a 90% efficacy in preventing shingles and after years a maintained an effectiveness of 85%.

How many doses are needed?

This is a 2 dose series separated by 2 to 6 months.

Is there a reaction?

Reactions typically occur more frequently in the first 2 to 3 days, rarely days 5 to 7.  Tylenol relieves most symptoms.  Reactions from the first dose do not predict reaction to the second dose.

What is the cost of Shingrix?

Each dose is $190.  Patients with a medical plan are encouraged to call their insurance provider to determine the amount of their coverage.  Depending on the plan and if the patient has met their deductible, we have seen partial or all of the cost covered by insurance.  For patients covered by Medicare, we have also seen partial or complete coverage by the Medicare drug plan.  You may call the clinic at 402-879-4781, to determine the amount of the patient’s costs.

Why should you have a Shingrix vaccine?

While it isn’t a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful, and can last for months, years or the rest of your life.  Pain is usually the first symptom of shingles, for some, it can be intense. Other symptoms include burning, sensitivity to touch, rash, blisters and itching along with fever, headache and fatigue.  Vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles, sometime by as much as 90%.

If you have additional questions, please call Superior Family Medical Center, 402-879-4781, Nelson Family Medical Center, 402-225-2375, or Edgar Medical Clinic, 402-224-3344.