What You Need to Know About Shingrix®, the Latest and Preferred Shingles Vaccine
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- It protects your overall health: The vaccine protects you against contracting shingles and protects others from contracting chickenpox from you.
- It’s a two-dose vaccine: Whereas Zostavax is a one-time injection, Shingrix® requires two shots that you receive two to six months apart.
- It’s covered under most plans: Most Blue Cross commercial plans cover the vaccine for no copay during your annual check-up or at a pharmacy. This can vary, so contact your health care provider before receiving the vaccine to get an accurate estimate of bottom-line costs.
- It should be given even if you previously received Zostavax®: Experts say you should still get the Shingrix® vaccine even if you’ve had or are getting Zostavax® since Zostavax® effectiveness declines over time. If you have done so, wait two months before getting the Shingrix®
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