New Shingles Vaccine
CDC-Recommended for those 50+
There’s now an immunization that is 90 percent effective at preventing the painful skin rash known as shingles. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dean Health Plan recommend healthy adults age 50 and older get the two-shot vaccination, known as Shingrix. Dean insurance covers the vaccine.
Anybody who has had Chicken Pox is likely to have the dormant virus in his or her body. After age 50, the risk of having the virus re-emerge as shingles rises.
Shingles causes a rash and in some cases, long-lasting pain. It can disrupt one’s ability to work and enjoy normal activities for weeks or longer, and can cause serious complications.
Contact your Primary Care Provider for more information about Shingrix and whether it is appropriate for you.