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The shingles vaccine is not publicly funded (free) in BC.  You can purchase the shingles vaccine at most travel clinics and pharmacies for about $200. Some health insurance plans may cover the cost of the vaccine, you can check with your provider. Some doctors may also have a supply of the shingles vaccine. 

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ImmunizeBC is does not provide immunizations.  You can contact your local public health unit for information regarding options for administration of the shingles vaccine in your area.  You can find the contact information for your local public health unit here

- Immunization Nurse

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In order to assess your eligibility for the shingles vaccine (if you can safely get this vaccine), please contact your immunizing health care provider (public health nurse, physician or pharmacist). 

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People eligible for the shingles vaccine should get the vaccine whether or not they recall having had chickenpox (varicella). Nearly all Canadians eligible for the shingles vaccine will have had prior chickenpox infection. 

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The shingles vaccine in Canada is called Zostavax and is made by Merck. For more information about shingles please click here.

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