Shingles Vaccine Available
Lafayette County Health Department purchases shingles vaccine to make available to clients. The cost of the vaccine depends on current manufacturer pricing. Those individuals that are enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan may be eligible to pay just the out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine. There are many Medicare Part D plans and each plan’s benefits vary. The patient’s name, gender, date of birth and last 4 digits of their social security number is needed to verify eligibility. Please present Medicare/supplemental cards prior to receiving services.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Once you have had chickenpox, the virus can stay in your nervous system for many years. For reasons that are not fully understood, the virus may become active again and give you shingles. Age and problems with the immune system may increase your chances of getting shingles.
The Shingles rash usually appears on one side of the body as a cluster of small red spots that often blister, and can be painful. Shingles rashes usually last up to 30 days. For most people, the pain associated with the rash lessens as it heals.
Zostavax is a vaccine that is used for adults 50 years of age or older to prevent shingles. It contains a weakened chickenpox virus and works by helping your immune system protect you from getting shingles.
You should not get Zostavax if you:
- Are allergic to any of its ingredients
- Are allergic to gelatin or neomycin
- Have a weakened immune system (for example, an immune deficiency, leukemia, lymphoma, or HIV/AIDS)
- Take high doses of steroids by injection or by mouth
- Are pregnant or plan to get pregnant
- To prevent chickenpox
If you are interested in more information regarding Shingles or Zostavax vaccine, please call your physician or Lafayette County Health Department at 660-259-4371, option 4.