I am 71 years old. I had herpes zoster vaccine at least 5...

Question: 

I am 71 years old. I had herpes zoster vaccine at least 5 years ago. I do not know which type of vaccine. Should I have another vaccine to keep protected?

Answer: 

 Five years ago, the shingles vaccine in Canada was Zostavax. Shingrix was licensed for use in Canada in 2017.

Shingrix is recommended by Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization for those 50 years of age and older. This includes:

    Those who have previously received Zostavax II® at least one year ago.
    Those who have had shingles disease at least one year ago.
    Those who are not sure if they had chickenpox (varicella) infection in the past.
This 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. Some health insurance plans may cover the cost of the vaccine; check with your insurance provider. If you are covered by First Nations Health Benefits, please go here.

You can find more info about shingles here.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Sunday, Dec 01, 2019