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Low-Cost Shingles Vaccine Offered

Tuesday February 2, 2010

Public Health and Wellness Offers Low-Cost Shingles Vaccine
Federal Stimulus Funds Defray the Cost of Expensive Vaccine

For a limited time while supplies last, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will again offer the Zostavax vaccine to people age 60 and older to guard against shingles at a greatly-reduced price of $10.

The low-cost shingles shots are available by appointment only while supply lasts at the following sites:

Newburg Health Center
4810 Exeter Avenue
458-0778

Dixie Health Center
7219 Dixie Highway
937-7277

Neighborhood Place East
810 Barrett Avenue
574-6638

Middletown Health Center
200 Juneau Drive
245-1074


The cost of the vaccine normally ranges from $185 - $235 or more. The low-cost shots are made possible by funds provided through the special vaccine program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This is the second time the Department of Public Health and Wellness has offered low-cost shingles vaccine. In September 2009, the department also offered the vaccine for $10 per dose and its supply was used up in a matter of days.
 
Shingles is a painful localized skin rash often with blisters that is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles because VZV remains in the nerve cells of the body after the chickenpox infection clears and VZV can reappear years later causing shingles.
 
Shingles most commonly occurs in people 50 years old or older, people who have medical conditions that keep the immune system from working properly, or people who receive immunosuppressive drugs. Shingles vaccine is recommended to reduce the risk of shingles and its associated pain in people 60 years old or older.