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Camden County Health Department offering shingles vaccine

11:29 AM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. - Shingles vaccines are now available at the Camden County Health Department for patients age 60 and older.

According to a release from the Camden County Health Department, the department can directly bill Medicare Part D for individuals who are eligible for the vaccine, which is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The shingles rash is a painful skin rash that can cause blisters, fever, headache, and even result in nerve pain or damage. About 1 in 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster. The most effective prevention of the shingles rash is to get vaccinated.

Patients covered by Medicare Part D receive a significant discount from the full price of the vaccine and only need to pay their individual cost share. Those with other insurance coverage are encouraged to contact the health department to determine if the health department can directly bill the health insurance company. The full cost of the vaccine is $182 for clients who pay out of pocket.

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After recovering from chickenpox, the virus remains in the body in an inactive state. For unknown reasons, the virus can reactivate years later, causing a painful outbreak of the shingles. The risk increases with age, but anyone who has had chickenpox, can develop shingles.

Contact your local health department for more information on getting vaccinated. For more information on shingles or the shingles vaccine, visit http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/index.html.

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