General · 15th January 2018
GlaxoSmithKline has just announced the introduction of the new shingles vaccine called Shingrix. It is now available by prescription in pharmacies across British Columbia targeting adults age 50 and older.
In clinical studies, Shingrix was found to be 90% effective in preventing herpes zoster (shingles), even in those aged 70-80 years of age. Shingrix maintained this protection for over 4 years. Because it is a new vaccine, it has yet to be given to the general public so its absolute efficacy has not been established.
Shingrix is a 2 dose vaccine with the second dose given between 2-6 mos. after the first. It costs approximated $170. Per dose.
There is some indication there were increased local reactions (pain, redness and swelling) at the injection site as well as headache, nausea, muscle pain, fatigue, fever and chills. These did not last any longer than 3 days. Please note that not all individuals have side effects.
Please do not receive the vaccine while you have an illness and/or fever.
As always, have a discussion with your practitioner when you ask for a prescription.