The Trumbull Monroe Health District (TMHD) has a supply of the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, available for residents 60 years of age and older. The cost of the vaccine is $187. Methods of payment include cash or check. Medicare does not currently cover the cost of the vaccine. Medicare Part D may partially cover the costs. Check with your provider prior to scheduling an appointment. A note from your physician is not necessary. Receipts will be provided.
Shingles, also called Herpes Zoster, is a viral infection of the nerve roots. It is a painful rash, often with blisters. The rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and last two to four weeks. The rash appears in a band, a strip, or a small area. A case of shingles usually heals within a month. Approximately one out of five people will continue to feel pain long after the rash and blisters heal. This is called postherapetic neuralgia.