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.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).
Anybody heard anything about this?