Hi there, I have a neurological/autoimmune disease called...

Question: 

Hi there, I have a neurological/autoimmune disease called Susac Syndrome and need to receive Shingrix and Prevnar for compromised immune system. I have doctor's note. Pls help

Answer: 

Shingrix vaccine is not provided for free in B.C.  It costs about $150/dose and is available for purchase from some pharmacies and travel clinics. Call ahead to ask about vaccine availability. The Prevnar 13 vaccine is recommended and provided free to adults with HIV infection or who have had a stem cell transplant.  The vaccine is also recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization but not provided free in BC for adults with certain immunosuppressive conditions. It is also available through some pharmacies and travel clinics. Some health insurance plans may cover the cost of the vaccine; check with your insurance provider.

We recommend that you contact your local public health unit and ask to speak with a public health nurse.  A public health nurse can review the recommendations and eligibility criteria for the Prevnar 13 vaccine with you and provide you with more information. A public health nurse can also tell you if there are other vaccines that are recommended for you.  You can find the contact information for your local public health unit here.

Immunization Nurse

 

Date last updated: 
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020