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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 shot
Amount: $116.00
Posted by: Roz Davis in Indio, CA.Posted: June 27th, 2015 01:06PM
My husband and I both got a shot. We have Humana insurance and we had a $116 co-pay.
Painless injection, no ache, no sore. After seeing 2 live cases of shingles we think that even the hope of a lighter outbreak is worth the cost of the shot.
Went to CVS, no script needed.
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $662.65
Posted by: IvyA in Elyria, OH.Posted: June 20th, 2015 03:06PM
Vaccine was $602.75. Office call was $55.13 and to give the shot was $4.77. I only have Medicare and did not know they didn't pay for the vaccine.
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Shingles Shot
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Libya77 in Atlanta, GA.Posted: May 18th, 2015 03:05PM
My doctor recommended it and said I'd need a booster next year. Fortunately my insurance paid for it. The shot did not hurt, but the next day and for the following two weeks I could not lift my arm or move my shoulder. Suffered swelling and redness, and itching where injected. This is all a scam on the elderly. Avoid the shot. I know about 1,000 people over age 70 who never got the shot; have never had shingles. It's all CDC BS!
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SHINGLES VACCINE
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: Sick of the Scams in Scottsdale, AZ.Posted: May 13th, 2015 02:05PM
This sounds like many people are being scammed that have PART-D coverage. I have cigna they said it was a $40 co-pay. I am being co-payed to death by these people. It appears that I have it better than most, but they still find a way to screw me and bilk us out of our tax dollars. I looked at a recent 'bill' or statement and it shows the amount 'provider' bills to the 'plan', with provider and plan both being the same entity, cigna anyway on one service they stated that there was no co-pay or co-insurance payment, when in reality there was a $150 co-pay that I was charged before they would do the labs. I think it is time to start writing our congressmen when these insurance companies refuse to pay for these items that are most certainly covered. BTW, MEDICARE COVERS the shingles vaccine @ 55, so pretty much any senior on Medicare should be covered. Also I do not think it is legal to charge these 'pharmacy' and all these extras that they are charging.
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Shingles shot
Amount: $255.00
Posted by: Debsue in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: April 30th, 2015 03:04PM
CVS in 44th in Phoenix
Express scripts doesn't cover it at all. May 2015
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Apr 2015! Humana POS didn\'t cover
Amount: $215.00
Posted by: lisa107 in New Port Richey, FL.Posted: April 30th, 2015 07:04AM
Cost at Sam's Club was 215, my Dr. insisted I have it as I've had to endure recurring shingles w post-herpetic neuralgia - severe leg pain on both sides.
The Sam's Club pharmacist was awesome.
I'm hoping this brings some relief...If so, worth the money!
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Shingles Effectiveness
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Herb Bursch in Howell, MI.Posted: April 16th, 2015 01:04PM
What is the effectiveness of this shot. I have seen some websites claiming that the absolute effectiveness is only 1.75%
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Shingles Vaccination
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: AnnaT in Decatur, IL.Posted: April 14th, 2015 12:04PM
Humana Medicare Part D Insurance thru Walmart. Cost $210 with insurance. Refuse to pay that for one injection. This is a preventative medication most effective for seniors. Once again, the drug companies and /or insurance are taking advantage of seniors. Medicare.gov says part D should cover. Well hmph not in my case and I am 67. And this is 2015, not 2014.
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shingles vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: gll in peoria, IL.Posted: April 1st, 2015 09:04PM
Dr said group he's with doesn't offer shot as so expensive. If insurances normally cover then seems they'd give it. Called Walgreens & was told would be $300. Asked if covered by ins & was told NO.I have Medicare & state medical for Secondary ins. Did't know Medicare Part D, which is medication coverage, ever covered vaccines. Medicare Part B, outpatient care ex. Dr visits, pays for my influenza vaccine. Think WAY too expensive & ads seem to use scare tactics. Looks like no one seems to agree if medicare covers or what part of medicare
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Cost of Shingles Vaccination
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Marion G Bell in Orlando, FL.Posted: March 19th, 2015 06:03PM
Got shot today (03/2015). Coventry cover 100%. Got it at Walgreen's. They handled everything. Never even felt the needle. Worst reaction was removing their little bandage from the hair on my arm. OUCH!
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Shingles vaccination
Amount: $34.00
Posted by: James E in Vestal, NY.Posted: March 17th, 2015 07:03AM
My doctor faxed the local pharmacy and my co-pay
was $34.00. I didn't have the Medicare Type D coverage but did have CVS Caremark prescription coverage. The actual cost for the shot was $239.00 at Rite-Aid Pharmacy.
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$228.00 with UHC silver plan!
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Suzanne Plantier in St Petersburg, FL.Posted: March 3rd, 2015 08:03AM
I had physical on 2/24/15. I have had low kidney function, am pre-diabetic, had chicken pox AND shingles 3 yrs ago. At 58, I asked DR if I should get vaccine-she said yes. I get a WHOPPING shock to see it isn't covered and I must pay the full amount! I am documenting and sending appeal w/med records!
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Shingles vaccine
Amount: $31.00
Posted by: Beverly71 in Louisville, KY.Posted: February 13th, 2015 01:02PM
Have Medicare and Anthem BC/BS supplement. CVS quoted $134.99 but CostCo was $31.00. Got it yesterday and no issues. I did , however have shingles in October, 2013. Today is Feb. 13, 2015 but this only allows you to go to 2014. It WAS 2015 though.
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Zostor vaccination
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: Nayda Harris in The Villages, FL.Posted: February 4th, 2015 03:02PM
I have Medicare part D and my copay was $85. Don't understand why all the Walgreens are different prices, as well as the copays being different. I think the price of this vaccine is ridiculously high. Everyplace seems to be charging what they darn well please. Seems to depend on what state you live in.
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insurance
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: jessegw in lou, LA.Posted: January 29th, 2015 09:01AM
Humana will no pay for it.
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shingles vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Sue Boutwell in Petal, MS.Posted: January 19th, 2015 06:01PM
My BCBS HMO covered cost 100%. Less pain than flu shot as it is injected just under the skin. Took at Dr's office while there for other type visit so no additional fees. (2015 not a choice)
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $195.00
Posted by: Sunny1 in Sequim, WA.Posted: January 18th, 2015 06:01PM
I have medicare and an AARP supplement. I was quoted $195 but I don't know if that covered the cost of administration. It cost $50 to get my flu shot injected. Insurance would pay for the flu shot but not the shingles shot. I'm going to shop around and see if I can find it cheaper.
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Shingles Vaccine too expensive even with insurance!
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Frances M in Apple Valley, CA.Posted: January 17th, 2015 10:01PM
I have AARP RX (Medicare PartD) I called them3 times & got 3 different answers. They said I would not have to pay anything because I pay for the preferred plan. Someone else said I would be covered but needed a dr. pre-approval (I had a prescription) the third person said it was a tier 4 medication and I would have a $95 copay. I got the vaccine at Rite Aid and had to pay $95 copay. Very disappointed with my AARP RX plan. I see that other plans cover it with a lower copay.
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Shingles vaccine
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Ronko in Portlad, OR.Posted: January 16th, 2015 03:01PM
Co-pay at Costco, with health net
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shingles vaccine in dover,delaware
Amount: $198.00
Posted by: Steven Towers in dover, DE.Posted: January 15th, 2015 03:01PM
these shots should only cost $25.00 at most with my cignahealthsping coverage that's what it cost in west dover this is ridiculous it needs too be regulated on the federal @ state level by insurance commissioner's offices this quote is from January 15,2015.
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shingles vaccine
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: v r boop in lebanon, PA.Posted: December 19th, 2014 03:12AM
I got shingles vaccine 14 months ago and I got shingles is this shot a money racket or another medical boondagle the fda did not check out.
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Cost of shingles shot
Amount: $488.00
Posted by: D Hanson in minneapolis, MN.Posted: December 11th, 2014 02:12PM
Insurance did not pay. (Also $21 charge for cost of getting the injection.) Very high cost. Sent notice to insurance company and they are still checking it out. Also checking the cost out with the clinic I got it at.
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $3.60
Posted by: California Sherry in Oceanside, CA.Posted: December 8th, 2014 09:12AM
I requested that Walmart pharmacy contact my primary doctor so that he would approve my request for the Shingles vaccine. He approved then sent to Medicare for approval of payment. I am 59, on state disability and have Medical for overlap in coverage. To purchase would have been $240.00, I paid $3.60.
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Shingles
Amount: $6.35
Posted by: Csj in Centerville, MA.Posted: November 26th, 2014 05:11PM
I have part d thru state.Pd 6.35
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shingles vacine
Amount: $395.00
Posted by: john hardt in timonium, MD.Posted: November 18th, 2014 08:11AM
Lifebridge/Potomac Physicians
Rather over inflated cost...
Don't you think, Walgreens looks much better choice.oh and besides the $395 for the shot, another $30 to put in in my arm, plus $220 Physicians fee...
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $236.00
Posted by: Pamela Blair in Jeffersonville, IN.Posted: November 14th, 2014 09:11PM
Got it at CVS I'm not 60, but did have a prescription.....
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  2.  www.shotnurse.com/prepay.php
  3.  news.walgreens.com/
  4.  statehealthplan.state.nc.us/retiredMembers/pharm-benefits.aspx
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