Is it recommended for someone that has Rheumatoid arthritis...

Question: 

Is it recommended for someone that has Rheumatoid arthritis to get the shingles vaccine and the pneumonia vaccine?

Answer: 

Shingles is more common in people over 50 years of age and in those with immune systems weakened by medication or disease.  The Shingrix® vaccine is recommended for adults 50 years of age and older, including those who have had shingles disease or received Zostavax® II in the past and those who are not sure if they had chickenpox (varicella) infection in the past. The vaccine is not provided for free in B.C. It costs about $150/dose and can be purchased at some pharmacies and travel clinics. Some health insurance plans may cover the cost of the vaccine; check with your insurance provider. If you have a weakened immune system, you should discuss getting the vaccine with your health care provider.

Pneumococcal Polysaccaride Vaccine is provided free for seniors 65 years and older and people with certain medical conditions. You can find more information about who is eligible here.

Please contact your health care provider for further questions.

Immunization Nurse