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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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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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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: Linda Buffa in St Louis, MO.Posted: May 30th, 2013 11:05AM
My insurnace paid for it less the $25 copay. It was somewhat unusual in the way I received it. I had to go to the pharmacy and obtain it and then take to my DR' office to be adminstered. This must be done within a 30 minute timeframe. Well worth $25 and the trip to avoid getting this conditon again.
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $225.00
Posted by: J. Marquez in Daly City, CA.Posted: May 28th, 2013 12:05PM
Seniors are constantly being reminded on television commercials about the importance of the shingles vaccine for Seniors. Seniors are on fixed income and pay Medicare fees and are required to obtain Part D (drug) coverage so why do Seniors still have to pay so much for this vaccine? My doctor does not stock this vaccine so I had to go to Walgreens and with my Drug D coverage still had to pay $225. Government agencies support assistance programs and countries (who do not support us) but does not accommodate their own and Seniors regarding this vaccine. It does not make sense. It is a shame as I know Seniors who refuse to get this vaccine due to this out-of- pocket expense.
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this site has old data
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: don_m in Raleigh, NC.Posted: May 27th, 2013 05:05PM
CDC approved shingle vaccines foe over 50 in 2011
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Shingles vaccine in FL
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: radretired in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: May 15th, 2013 12:05PM
Free at the VA (veterns administration).rnI am 68.rnCould not afford it otherwise.
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Shingles immunization in Washington state
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Old Phart in Richland, WA.Posted: May 8th, 2013 11:05AM
Age 67 . . . The immunization is covered under my Medicare Advantage plan as a prescription, copay of Tier 2 ($50; common meds under this plan are Tier 1, $10 copay). My plan has no copay for visits to my primary care physician. Thus, my total cost at Walgreens is my $50 prescription copay for the shingles immunization.
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Shingles Vaccine in N.C.
Amount: $229.00
Posted by: Veronicalynn9088 in Elizabeth City, NC.Posted: March 28th, 2013 04:03PM
Most insurance companies will not pay for this vaccine unless you are over the age of 62. Both my husband and I did purchase the vaccine today for a total cost 458.00. Bottom line is we would much rather pay this than have shingles. I know it is expensive but if you google Shingles Vaccine you may be able to find a rebate,coupon and drug company help. Don't let the price stop you from continuing to try and fine a way to get this vaccine. No one wants shingles....
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Shingles vaccine at VA
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: MIKEPM9 in Tucson, AZ.Posted: March 20th, 2013 03:03PM
I'm getting my shot tomorrow at the VA. I'm 63. I have an $8 copay (30day) for my meds which means the Shingles Vaccine is Free!
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Co-Pay from Blue Shield
Amount: $224.00
Posted by: Shuttle in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: March 19th, 2013 01:03PM
Rite Aid charged $224.00 and Blue Shield paid NOTHING. Such a scam.
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shingles vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: dorothy venditto in linden, NJ.Posted: March 9th, 2013 07:03AM
I have the PAP because I am 76 years old but cannot get it. NO ON E in my commun ity participates! what can I do?
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Shingles vaccine at Safeway
Amount: $214.99
Posted by: rtw in Fairfax, VA.Posted: January 27th, 2013 04:01PM
I paid $214.99 at Safeway this afternoon. If it really works, it will be worth it.
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Shingles vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: KGI in rolla, MO.Posted: January 12th, 2013 09:01PM
I am covered under Tricare Military. No cost at the Fort Leonardwood, MO hospital clinic.
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Shingles Vacine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: TJK in Zephyrhills, FL.Posted: December 2nd, 2012 06:12AM
I have Aetna insurance. To my surprise, when I went to CVS to inquire about the availability and cost of the shot they said yes they did carry it and that my insurance plan covered the ENTIRE cost! I was elated and received it on the spot! :-)
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $93.00
Posted by: Robbins in Hamilton, NJ.Posted: November 25th, 2012 11:11AM
My prescription drug plan paid most of the cost. My co-pay was $93.00 at Walgreens. I had no idea that the shot, highly recommended, would fall under my drug plan and not Medicare and would cost me so much! That cost definitely needs to be publicized as much as the shot itself for those of us seniors who are watching our pennies!
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Shingles Shot Cost
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: EJM in Ocean City, NJ.Posted: November 16th, 2012 06:11PM
My insurer paid full amount ($198 at doctor's office) even though I am not yet 60. They now pay those for 50+.
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shingles vaccine cost
Amount: $93.00
Posted by: hc in Ocean, NJ.Posted: November 14th, 2012 11:11AM
I paid $93.00 at Wegmnans and my insurance, AARP United Healthcare picked up the rest of the cost. It was put through as a prescription under my prescription plan.
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Shingles Shot
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Thomas Shipe in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: November 12th, 2012 10:11AM
I got my shot free at the Vetaran's Administration (VA). I am a 10% service connected vet.
Semper Fi
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: J.C. in Chgo, IL.Posted: November 8th, 2012 07:11PM
Medical office I work at is shopping to purchase these vaccines. Single manufacturer charges whatever they please. Cost for us to purchase from supplier is >$400.00 per injection. Doesn't pay to stock these! It's shameful!
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Shingles vaccine
Amount: $230.00
Posted by: S.R. in Webster, NY.Posted: November 5th, 2012 10:11AM
Have a BlueCross Blue Shield SmplyBlue coverage. It is not covered, I have to pay the vaccine out of pocket
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Shingles vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: May in Rice Lake, WI.Posted: October 26th, 2012 01:10PM
Am age 69. Walgreen's said cost of the vaccine is $750,Part D would pay $550 and I had to co-pay the balance. I said no way that vaccine cost that much and Walgreen's is double billing. I left without. Gave them a second chance as they tried charging me $250 for a $25 prescription before. No more Walgreen's. Too bad, they used to be a trusted pharmacy.
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Shingles Shot ..Outrageous !!
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Lin1 in Azle, TX.Posted: October 22nd, 2012 07:10PM
Have Medicare A B and D plus a Medicare gap policy. The pharmacy said there was a 95.00 co-pay. I am 67 years old...can't afford it. It is ridiculous that Medicare doesn't pay 100%. There is something wrong with this picture..because if I get shingles it's going to cost them a lot more than 95.00 for doctor's visits and medications. Makes no sense !
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Shingles Vaccine
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Patricia Bryner in Jefferson, OH.Posted: October 17th, 2012 05:10PM
I went to our local Drug Mart and gave them my prescription and medicare benefit info. The shot was over $200.00 and I was suppose to pay $95.00. Needless to say, I did not get it as I can not afford it.
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I was sure I never had chickenpox.
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Surprised in Wyandotte, MI.Posted: October 9th, 2012 06:10PM
My sister had chickenpox, not me. I don't have a pock mark on me. My doctor was sure that if my sister (whom I shared a room with) had chickenpox then I did too. He did blood work and sure enough I had them. He wants me to get the vaccine, however, $220 is out of the question.
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