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Shingles disease may recur in individuals who have previously had one or more episodes of shingles disease.  Individuals 50 years of age and older with a prior history of shingles disease can safely receive the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.

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The shingles vaccine (ZOSTAVAX® II) is not currently publicly funded in BC for any groups. The vaccine can be purchased at most travel clinics and pharmacies for about $200.

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No.  You cannot get shingles from another person. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox). When a person is first infected with the varicella-zoster virus, they get chickenpox.

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In BC, decisions to fund vaccine programs are made by the Ministry of Health based on recommendations by the Communicable Disease Policy Advisory Committee.  This expert committee makes recommendations based on epidemiology, the best available scientific evidence, a cost benefit analysis and the advice of national and international expert groups, which are then prior

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You can purchase the shingles vaccine at most travel clinics and pharmacies for about $200.  If you purchase the vaccine at a travel clinic, a doctor or nurse on site will be able to immunize you.

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