Don’t slow down for Shingles. The new and improved Shingrix vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles, and reduces the likelihood of a painful complication called postherpetic neuralgia. Shingrix is recommended for adults ages 50+, and is now available at your local Bartell pharmacy.
Walk-ins are always welcome, but due to a national shortage of the vaccine, we recommend you call your pharmacist to check for availability prior to visiting.
Shingrix is extremely effective at preventing shingles and postherpetic peuralgia, whereas Zostavax is only 51% effective. If you’ve received Zostavax in the past, we recommend you now also get the Shingrix vaccine.
The vaccine is most effective when you get two doses spaced 2 to 6 months apart. The second dose helps provide long-term protection.
The prescription plan for adults aged 65 and older will cover the cost of Shingrix. Check with your private health insurance carrier to see if the vaccine is covered.
Make an appointment to get your Shingrix shot by calling your pharmacist, or walk-in to your local pharmacy when it’s convenient for you. Either way, we’ll make sure you’re quickly cared for and on your way.
Once you’ve arrive in-store, check in at the pharmacy counter. We’ll have some brief paperwork for you to fill out, including information about your insurance, before meeting with a pharmacist. The vaccination itself only takes about five minutes to administer.
Shingles is a painful skin rash that can materialize in patients that have had chickenpox or received the chickenpox vaccine in the past. That’s because even after the chickenpox go away, the virus itself can “hide” inside nerves and then reappear in the form of shingles at a later point.
Shingles appears as a very painful rash on the body, often with blisters. The rash usually materializes on part of the body and heals within 2 to 4 weeks, although unfortunately can last more than a year for about 20% of those affected. Other symptoms include fever, chills, headache, and an upset stomach.
At least 1 million people a year get shingles in the United States.
Although it’s more common to get shingles at 50 years of age or older, anyone who has had the chicken pox or chickenpox vaccine can get it.
You can’t catch shingles from another person, but a person who hasn’t had the chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine could get the chickenpox from someone with shingles.
Did you know? Your Bartell pharmacist is certified to administer all the necessary immunizations for you and your family. We’re also happy to answer any of your questions, or address concerns. Simply give us a call, or stop on by the pharmacy counter when you’re next in-store.
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