Older Adults: Protect Yourself from Shingles

Did you know almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime?

That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which says your risk of shingles increases as you grow older.

If you’re a healthy adult 50 years or older, the CDC recommends that you have the shingles vaccine (Shingrix), which protects against the disease and its complications. This vaccine series consists of two doses, given two to six months apart. Starting August 15, 2019, you can receive the vaccine with $0 copay at a pharmacy that offers this service.1 You can also receive the vaccine at a doctor’s office, just like before.

For more information on vaccines for you and your family, and where to find a location visit the “Get Vaccinated” website. They have the CDC-recommended vaccines you need, administered by an immunization-trained pharmacist or nurse practitioner.

  1. For all members that are fully and self insured with Tufts Health Plan in Massachusetts and New Hampshire only, or those members whose employer has selected this service to be delivered at the pharmacy in Rhode Island.