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alex_d10 wrote: Surprising that no healthcare professionals have chimed in here, considering how many there are on RFD.

Regarding vaccine pricing, keep in mind that Zostavax II is a 1-dose vaccine, whereas Shingrix is a 2-dose. So total cost of immunization with Zostavax II will be around $200-220, and with Shingrix it will be $320-330. Is the extra cost justified, considering that Shingrix has been shown to be more effective? I think yes. Also, seeing how many people get shingles way before they hit 65, it's definitely not a good idea to wait until you can get it for free (unless you absolutely cannot afford it).
My wife and I got Zostavax less than 5 years ago. A friend of ours got a severe case of shingles last year, and after seeing the impact on her life, I would like to get Shingrix now since it seems to offer much better protection for people of my age. But I don't know if taking Zostavax disqualifies me from taking Shingrix now. I have gone through the Glaxo website but this is not mentioned, and my doctor doesn't know much about Shingrix yet.

Anybody heard anything about this?
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alex_d10 wrote: SDM as a general rule will have the highest pricing for everything. A lot of people don't realize this. Find a small independent pharmacy and support them. You'll get better prices and service.
Yes, I hate Shoppers for that reason. I keep getting nailed at SDM for stuff at outrageous prices when we are sick and don't have time to shop around. They make you pay high prices and then want you to study their encyclopedic small-print flyer for minor discounts, and to chase points. That is always the flyer I chuck first on flyer day. Who has time for that? I do find that SDM has a good pharmacy, at least the one close to me does. But I am on the ODB, otherwise I would be at Costco for my scrips. I don't find small pharmacies or Rexall to have better prices overall.

If I need a high price item I go to Costco and they can often order it for me at a lower price. I also shop there if I can use a large size, like for daily aspirin or supplements. I use eye drops that cost $45 at SDM that Costco will order for $32. I stock up on other stuff at Target or Walmart in the US, like ACT mouthwash, those breathing strips for your nose, generic Imodium and Zantac, and hand wash. For eau de cologne we went to Amazon last week. And I have convinced my dentist to sell me 12-packs of his logo'd GUM toothbrushes for $13.50 a pop when I do my cleaning at his office, which SDM would sell for say, $3.99 each.

So I am getting SDM out of my life as much as possible.
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: My wife and I got Zostavax less than 5 years ago. A friend of ours got a severe case of shingles last year, and after seeing the impact on her life, I would like to get Shingrix now since it seems to offer much better protection for people of my age. But I don't know if taking Zostavax disqualifies me from taking Shingrix now. I have gone through the Glaxo website but this is not mentioned, and my doctor doesn't know much about Shingrix yet.

Anybody heard anything about this?
Having Zostavax does not disqualify you from getting Shingrix. Whether you should get it or not depends on your specific health situation and judging the cost vs. the potential benefit. Your pharmacist is the best person to discuss this with.
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Saw a Shingrix commercial on tv for the first time.
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2019 update:

Zostavax is the vaccine covered by OHIP in Ontario and is a one shot treatment. Shingrix is a newer two shot vaccine and is much more effective. It is bought by the patient so prices vary by pharmacy and province. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/shin ... -1.5259495

Also, if you don't know that you've ever had chickenpox, you can get a blood test to check that. There is no point in getting vaccinated for shingles if you've never had chicken pox.

Haven't yet checked the latest prices of Shingrix but was told it's now $150 - $200 for the two shots (buy at pharmacy and have doctor/nurse do the injections).

UPDATE: Costco (Etobicoke) Shingrix $142.45 per dose for vaccine only. Additional charge for them to administer.
Shoppers Drug Mart $158 per dose. Additional charge for them to administer.
Walmart $154 per dose.
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The $150 to $200 you are quoting is per shot not total since 2 are required for shingrix. And even Costco and family doctors charge to give the injection since OHIP doesn't cover it. Last hear Costco was charging around $210 plus the pharmacist injection fee. You need to wait between 3 and 6 months for the 2nd injection if I remember correctly.
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George613 wrote: The $150 to $200 you are quoting is per shot not total since 2 are required for shingrix. And even Costco and family doctors charge to give the injectuin since OHIP doesn't cover it. Last hear Costco was charging around $210 plus the pharmacist injection fee. You need to wait between 3 and 6 months for the 2nd injection if I remember correctly.
Some group health plans cover Shingrix. You need to call Group Health insurance Co to confirm as some plans say they don't cover vaccines in writing but if you call they will say they will. Mine covered Shingrix. It's a minimum 2 mo wait time (maximum is 6 mos) between shots.

If you've had shingles in the past, I think they say you need to wait a year before you can have the Shingrix shot.
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Jimbobs wrote: 2019 update:

Zostavax is the vaccine covered by OHIP in Ontario and is a one shot treatment.
For adults aged 65 to 70 only. Not a great policy since a lot of people get their initial shingles episode in their 50's...

Most private plans do cover Shingrix. So if you have coverage, you may not even have to go to Costco, line up for 45 min to drop off, and another 60 min to pick up.
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Marubozu wrote: For adults aged 65 to 70 only. Not a great policy since a lot of people get their initial shingles episode in their 50's...
Yes. I should have stated that in my post.
Marubozu wrote: Most private plans do cover Shingrix. So if you have coverage, you may not even have to go to Costco, line up for 45 min to drop off, and another 60 min to pick up.
Personally, I have never experienced any greater delay at Costco than at any other pharmacy. A few minutes at busy times but no more than that. Plus, there is plenty to do while waiting for pickup in contrast to most other pharmacies :)
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I got shingles this year at 34 and it sucked.
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Prices updated in #36 above.
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Is there a certain time of year to get the first of two Shingrix shots? Thanks,Huck50
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Huck50 Not really. Unlike flu vaccine which becomes available in the fall. If you read the posts you'll see there is age period when you can get vaccine for free. Good luck!
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serbianbelle wrote: Huck50 Not really. Unlike flu vaccine which becomes available in the fall. If you read the posts you'll see there is age period when you can get vaccine for free. Good luck!
I am in that age group(65-70) for the free,older vaccine Zostavax,but my Doc wants me to go with the newer Shingrix,which my insurance will pay 95%,not counting dispensing fee,injection fee,minus $25.00 deductible,only trouble is I have to fill out a 3 page form and my Doc to fill out one form....turns out that my insurance will pay the usual 95% with just including my receipt info on-line for a generic version of Shingrix,but since there is no generic version,I have to fill out a "Drug exception application form" and mail it in.Thanks,Huck50

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