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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 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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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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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
  6.  news.walgreens.com/
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