Western Michigan University's Sindecuse Health Center now administers Shingrix, a vaccine to prevent shingles in adults aged 50 years and older.
The new vaccine provides more protection than the previous Zostavax vaccine. Patients should plan to receive two doses of the vaccine separated by two to six months. The vaccine may be taken by patients experiencing or recovering from immunosuppression. Sheneeka Skinner, nursing supervisor at the health center says, "Studies have shown this vaccine will be more effective than Zostavax. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the Shingrix vaccine for individuals who have previously been vaccinated with Zostavax."
Shingrix is available at the health center for patients with a clinician's order. WMU employees in the BCBS PPO insurance plan may ask their primary care provider to fax an order for the vaccine to (269) 387-2205. After the order is received, a nursing staff member will call the patient to set up an appointment.
For more information contact health center at (269) 387-3287. For questions regarding insurance coverage call (269) 387-4219.
What Everyone Should Know about Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix) — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention