Shingles Immunization Information:

                                                                                Shingrix                                            Zostavax

Number of Immunizations:                          2 injections 2-6 months apart                     1 injection          

Approximate Cost:                                          $ 250 at pharmacy                                           $ 180 at pharmacy

                                                                                $ 20 at our office

Type of injection:                                             Into the muscle (arm)                                     Under the skin (arm)

Effectiveness:                                                    95 -97 %                                                               50 – 60

 

Number of people who need to be immunized to prevent one case of Shingles:

               over age 50                                         40 people                                                            70 people

                over age 70                                         40 people                                                            60 people

 

Number of people who need to be immunized to prevent one case of serious nerve pain from Shingles:

                over age 50                                         333 people                                                         360 people

                over age 70                                         335 people                                                         260 people

 

Recommendations:                         Give Shingrix to patients that are:

                                                                Over age 50

                                                                      If had previous Zostavax immunization  - wait 8 weeks to reimmunize

      If has Shingles – wait until symptoms are resolved

 

Above based on information provided by the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunizations