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May 12, 2009
142 posts
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Toronto

SHINGLES VACCINE

I had shingles 2 or 3 years ago. Didn't know I could have had a vaccine to prevent shingles. My doctor told me after that episode there is a waiting period of 2 years after which I can get a vaccine. I've read one can wait 1 year? Since my GP works at a clinic, patients are expected to get everything they need at the clinic. Which means clinic controls prices, for things not covered. That includes shingles vaccine. So I started asking around. Went to Guardian Pharmacy, the cost is $224.00, visited Shoppers Drug Mart, $420.00, Rexall was $214.00. I've been told and have read the vaccine is over $200.00. What surprised me is the price difference. How can one pharmacy charge double? Are all pharmacies providing same vaccine?
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Deal Guru
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Mar 14, 2005
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City of Vancouver
Thank you for creating this thread! I had no idea that different places had different prices for vaccines. Does anyone know Costco pharmacies offers vaccine service?
[OP]
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May 12, 2009
142 posts
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Toronto
Becks Now that you've mentioned Costco, never thought of them and I'm a member. Thanks, I'll look into that. You are right about this thread, It's important information and people should know about it. The same Shoppers pharmacy, when I went to get my flu vaccine in mid October, I was asked by a pharmacist to send complimentary comment about the service there. Same individual told me about cost of shingles vaccine! No way will I refer anyone to pay over $400.00 for a shingles vaccine at Shoppers, when people can get it for half price elsewhere.
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Aug 29, 2011
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GTA
Just wondering if Shoppers is offering the latest shingles vaccine that just came out that is more effective then the older version and costs more. Also I assume you are under 65 otherwise it is free in Ontario between ages 65 and 70.
The Duke
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May 12, 2009
142 posts
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Toronto
garytheduke I had no idea it's free. I'm 75, that's not bad. Regarding the vaccine, I wondered about the type of vaccine available. If it is the same in other pharmacies. Worth looking into it! Thank you for it bringing to my attention.

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