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

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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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