I received a single Zostavax shot about 5 years ago. Should...

Question: 

I received a single Zostavax shot about 5 years ago. Should I now get a Shingrix shot(s) so that my coverage is closer to 90%.

Answer: 

SHINGRIX® is recommended for persons 50 years of age and older for the prevention of shingles, including those who have been previously vaccinated with live zoster vaccine (ZOSTAVAX® II). Read more about shingles and the vaccines here.

This vaccine is not provided for free in BC. 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.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Tuesday, Dec 04, 2018