Could you kindly advise if there is a charge for Shingles vaccine for persons over the age of 70 yrs, and is it necessary to book an appointment for this innoculation.

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. 

An appointment is required at most travel clinics and doctors' offices. Some pharmacies provide vaccines on a walk-in basis and others require appointments. 

You can find more information on the shingles vaccine in the HealthLinkBC File: Shingles Vaccine

- Immunization Nurse

This answer was published on Mar 16, 2017.
The answers in the Q&A are not altered or updated after the published date. For current information and recommendations, consult your health care provider.

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