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How Much Does Shingles Vaccine Cost?

 
low costLow: With Insurance $10-$50 Copayhigh costWithout Insurance: $200-$250
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Also called zoster, shingles is a painful, blistery skin rash that can occur in people who have had chickenpox in the past. To help prevent shingles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a one-time vaccination (brand name Zostavax[1] ) for people 60 and older.

Typical costs:

  • For patients not covered by health insurance, the cost of a shingles vaccination typically includes: a shot administration fee and the cost of the single required dose of vaccine and in some cases (if your own doctor does not offer the shingles vaccination and you are unable to get it during a routine doctor visit) a doctor visit or consultation fee, for a total of about $200 to $250. For example, The Shot Nurse[2] , a mobile vaccination service in Tennessee, charges $205. Walgreens' Take Care Clinics[3] charge about $220.
  • All Medicare Part D plans cover the shingles vaccine, as do many private health insurance plans. For patients covered by health insurance, typical expenses include a doctor visit copay and, in some cases, a copay for the vaccine. For example, under a North Carolina health plan[4] for retired state employees, patients pay a doctor-visit copay, but the vaccine is covered 100 percent.
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What should be included:
  • For the shingles vaccination, also known by the brand name Zostavax, the health care provider will administer a single shot.
  • The shingles vaccine is not 100 percent effective. It is most effective in people aged 60 to 69, and it prevents shingles about 50 percent the time; in patients who do get shingles anyway, the vaccination can prevent post-herpetic neuralgia, the sometimes-debilitating pain that can persist after the shingles rash clears. The CDC has an FAQ[5] about the shingles vaccine.
Additional costs:
  • Because the shingles vaccine has not been available for long, it still is unclear how long protection lasts, so a booster shot might be necessary in the future.
Shopping for shingles vaccine:
  • The shingles vaccination can be somewhat difficult to get because it requires storage in a special freezer. Check to see if your doctor offers it. Or, Walgreens' Take Care Clinics[6] offer the shingles vaccine, as do some other pharmacies. Also, many travel clinics offer it; the CDC offers resources to help you find a travel clinic[7] . It is a good idea to call ahead to make sure the vaccine is in stock.
  • The shingles vaccine is not recommended by the CDC for anyone younger than 60 because it has not yet been thoroughly studied in those age groups. The risk of shingles begins to rise after age 50, but about half of cases occur in people 60 and older, and symptoms usually are more severe in that age group. People who have already had shingles still can get the vaccine.
  • The shingles vaccine generally is considered safe. The most common side effects are redness, swelling and itching at the injection site, and headache. But, according to Zostavax.com[8] , patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or who have compromised immune systems or certain allergies, should not get the vaccination.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Shingles
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Mrs C in Parker, CO.Posted: November 4th, 2014 02:11PM
Got the shot and still got shingles. Dr. said getting shot doesn't mean you still can't get them. Money wasted!
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SHINGLE SHOT
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Celeste in NEWHALL, CA.Posted: November 3rd, 2014 10:11PM
AT CVS/PHARMACY SAID IT WAS MY CO-PAY ..
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shingles shot
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: Donas in Sugar Land, TX.Posted: October 31st, 2014 08:10AM
I called bcbs not covered, contacted Express Scripts they covered with doctors prescription. I called primary care doc got script went to Kroger pharmacy got shot for 25.00 co pay through my express script. New CDC guidelines are ages 50 + . I do get 50 50 chance but it is worth the risk not to get shingles.
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Shingles vaccine
Amount: $185.00
Posted by: CharlesS in Winter Park, FL.Posted: October 16th, 2014 02:10PM
My doctor wanted a little over $200 for the vaccine. I got it at Costco for $185. All of this was out of my pocket. Neither Medicare nor my supplement paid anything
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Shingles
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: aray in Big Rapids, MI.Posted: October 16th, 2014 11:10AM
Got my shot at the local health departmet. No cost.
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: J.M. in Winter Haven, FL.Posted: October 2nd, 2014 05:10PM
With my AARP part D, the charge would be $60.00 at the Drs. office and $45.00 at Walgreens. The regular total price without ins at Walgreens is $224.99. I just rec'd my Shingles vaccine at Walgreens for $45.00.
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Shingles vaccination
Amount: $15.00
Posted by: Roxanne in Manchester, CT.Posted: September 30th, 2014 11:09AM
I had to call around because BIG Y would not do it because I am not 60. They know 50 is the recommended age, but that is "their policy."
CVS also has this policy IF you do not have a prescription for it. Over 60, you do not need a prescription. Primary care docs do not stock it, because it HAS to be refrigerated. Its a live culture.
I have a prescription, so I have to go to CVS, if they ever have anyone on that can give it to me. That also has been an issue. "The pharmacist who gives them is not on now". He is never there, and I call all the time.
Why are MOST pharmacies making 60, the cut-off age, when they know, those over 50 need to get this? Talk about super-stupid. $15.00 co-pay is better than the $250.00, some pay.
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $162.50
Posted by: Flyngator in Crestview Hills, KY.Posted: September 25th, 2014 11:09AM
Presented at Dr. Office with mild shingles diagnosis. Was given vaccine to treat possible post shingles neuralgia. Poster in exam room showed CDC FDA protocol guidelines changed from age 60 to age 50. Humana did not pay as Kentucky guidelines still age 60,( I am 54 ) Received bill for $250.00.
Called provider and negotiated retail price $162.50
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shingles vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: timba in titusville, PA.Posted: September 16th, 2014 05:09PM
at first my local giant eagle pharmacy wanted $233 up front for shot even though my insurance highmark covers it. after some kind of 'to do' between highmark and giant eagle, now the cost is $0!
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Shingles vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Cindy Dale in St. Petersburg, FL.Posted: September 7th, 2014 02:09PM
After not being able to get either a shingles vaccine or a flu shot at Publix with my insurance yesterday (my insurance said I was covered; Publix said I was not?!), I got both today at CVS. Initially, the pharmacist said she could only give shingles on the protocol starting at age 65, but I told her the CDC protocol said age 60. She double-checked and then said OK.
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shingles vaccine
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: warning in Seattle, WA.Posted: August 26th, 2014 09:08PM
Virginia Mason Medical Center. With insurance but not covered by insurance.
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shingles vaccine
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: warning in Seattle, WA.Posted: August 26th, 2014 09:08PM
Virginia Mason Medical Center.
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Shingles Vaccine -Blue Shield of California
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: rudhawk in San Diego, CA.Posted: July 11th, 2014 03:07PM
I'm 63 - Blue Shield HMO website says I'm covered for the vaccine. My doctor (like most) doesn't carry the vaccine. Costco, Von's, Walgreens, Ralphs all charge $200+ and say I'm not covered. I called Blue Shield and they said the stores/pharmacies can't bill Blue Shield directly - but get the vaccine, pay the out of pocket and they will reimburse me. The stores did not provide me with this info - anyone with a health plan should check this out prior to getting the vaccination.
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Bait and Switch
Amount: $205.41
Posted by: Gray Guerrilla in Cranston, RI.Posted: June 12th, 2014 02:06PM
I called Blue Chip for Medicare to ask if Zostavax was covered. I was told if my doctor had it in his office I would only have to pay a physician co-pay, no pharmacy deductible. So I got the shot. Then I received a bill for $205.41. Blue Cross/Blue Shield paid $21.64. When I called Blue Cross/Blue Shield, they said I had to pay a $100 pharmacy co-pay, my doctor's $40 co-pay, plus $45 for the cost of the drug under Pharmacy Tier 2. Flu shots and other vaccines are covered under Medicare Part B. This is the only one that is covered under Medicare Part D. Risk of shingles infection is high after ate 60. This is de facto age discrimination. If I had known I'd have to pay this enormous bill I wouldn't have gotten the vaccine. That is why I called in advance and was given the wrong info. I'm furious.
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Cost
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: Don99 in Minneapolis, MN.Posted: May 18th, 2014 10:05PM
$45 copay (on $220 full price) at Cub Foods Pharmacy with (UCare) Medicare Advantage.
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zoster vaccine
Amount: $307.00
Posted by: R S S McKOSKY in NORTHFORD, CT.Posted: February 20th, 2014 07:02PM
PRICE SHOCKING1 HOWEVER, JUST DISCOVERED SHOT MAY BE
COVERED UNDER MEDICARE PART D…WILL APPLY FOR AT
LEAST A PARTIAL REIMBURSEMENT.
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Pay now or later
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Dr Larry in Atlanta, GA.Posted: February 19th, 2014 03:02PM
To those that say they will take their chances - you WILL regret it. I thought I never had chicken pox but I did get shingles (have them now). You would be glad to pay $500 to avoid shingles.
I will get the vaccine as soon as I get over this case of shingles.
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Cost of shingles shot
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: David Lusly in Atlanta, GA.Posted: February 3rd, 2014 10:02AM
I have a CIGNA HSA plan, post ACA. I assume it is catagorized as preventive care as there as no cost for the shot at CVS with my Insurance plan. (which obviously was the lowest cost high deductability plan available to me)
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Tru in Dallas, TX.Posted: January 31st, 2014 04:01PM
Co-pay was $94 at Tom Thumb (Safeway). Even in retirement, I can well afford the cost, but I refused the outrageous co-pay. If the vaccine only reduces risk of shingles by 50% according to my doctor, I'll take my chances. This is no life or death matter. Just another blitz for greedy drug companies in my opinion.
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shingles vacine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: marialena in hemet, CA.Posted: December 9th, 2013 07:12PM
Dont know where to get one nearest to me in hemet ca.
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Shingles vaccination
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: catslave.rch in Waldorf, MD.Posted: December 8th, 2013 08:12AM
Covered by Aetna PPO. Got it @ local doc-in-the- box, where I was going anyway for pre-surgery (arthroscopy) clearance. My IM doc was out of town, so cldn't do the PE, labs, & EKG, & doesn't offer the shingles vacc anyway. Also got a flu shot. Seemed like a bargain.
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Shingles vaccine
Amount: $187.00
Posted by: Esthetics lady in Greensboro, NC.Posted: November 20th, 2013 10:11PM
Costco pharmacy
Called around for best price due to being 56 yrs old & BCBS not covering cost til age 60
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Shingles Vaccination
Amount: $575.00
Posted by: A Sap in Santa Monica, CA.Posted: November 2nd, 2013 04:11PM
My wife and I are on Medicare. I have an Advantage plan and my wife has a supplement without part D. We both got them from our doctor as part of UCLA. I paid nothing and my wife paid $575. While it was ignorance on our part not to know she was not covered it is still completely outrageous that UCLA would charge that amount. At least we could have been warned.
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Shingles shot
Amount: $185.00
Posted by: David B in Orange City, FL.Posted: October 23rd, 2013 06:10PM
Got mine 2 years ago from CVS in Florida after I had suffered through herpes zoster earlier.
My wife wants to get it now as preventative but the cost is between $190 and $220 if you don't have Medicare Part D
My feelings are that this price is just proof of the disgusting greed of big Pharma
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Rosemary B. in Wilkes-Barre, PA.Posted: September 19th, 2013 06:09PM
I received my shot at Price Shopper Pharmacy where I didn't need an appt. Most places I did. I have AARP and that was my deductible. I was a little surprised not knowing I would be paying so much but I got it anyway.
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Zostavax
Amount: $220.00
Posted by: 60+ in New York, NY.Posted: July 24th, 2013 01:07PM
Paid $220 at Duane Reade (Walgreens). Not covered by my United insurance. Hoping to get $140 rebate from Merck.
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shingles
Amount: $182.00
Posted by: Harry from Canada in mississauga, Other.Posted: June 18th, 2013 05:06PM
I am 66 my union (ibew) does not cover any vaccines,but if it avoids me from getting shingles it will be money well spent
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External Resources:
  1.  www.shotnurse.com/Zostavax.php
  2.  www.shotnurse.com/prepay.php
  3.  news.walgreens.com/
  4.  statehealthplan.state.nc.us/retiredMembers/pharm-benefits.aspx
  5.  www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/shingles/vac-faqs.htm
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  7.  wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/find-clinic
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