At Medicap Pharmacy®
As of September 2018, the Shingrix vaccine is on back-order. However, at Medicap Pharmacy® in Austin, if you get your first Shingrix vaccine with us, we guarantee that your second dose will be available during the time frame needed for the second shot (2-6 months). We do this, because studies have shown that not getting your second dose within the 6 month period, leads to reduced effectiveness.
About Shingrix (herpes zoster vaccine) Overview
Shingles vaccination is the only way to protect against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication from shingles. The CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix, separated by 2 to 6 months, to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease.
If you had shingles in the past, you can get Shingrix to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. There is no specific length of time that you need to wait after having shingles before you can receive Shingrix, but generally you should make sure the shingles rash has gone away before getting vaccinated.
You can get Shingrix whether or not you remember having had chickenpox in the past. Studies show that more than 99% of Americans 40 years and older have had chickenpox, even if they don’t remember having the disease. Chickenpox and shingles are related because they are caused by the same virus (varicella zoster virus). After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. It can reactivate years later and cause shingles.
Efficacy Estimates for Shingrix and Zostavax
- Ages 60 to 69 Years - 97%
- Ages 70 to 79 Years - 91%
- Older Than 80 Years - 91%
- Ages 60 to 69 Years - 64%
- Ages 70 to 79 Years - 41%
- Older Than 80 Years - 18%
Shingrix is a series of 2 doses with the 2nd dose being given 2-6 months after the 1st dose. ACIP expert opinion recommended that Shingrix should not be given < 2 months after receipt of Zostavax.
Who Should Get Shingrix?
The CDC recommends the vaccine for healthy adults 50 and older. Including those who:
- Have had shingles
- Received Zostavax (unless Zostavax was given <2 months ago)
- Are not sure if they had chickenpox
Info provided by www.cdc.gov