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Get your shingles vaccine — at no cost to you!

You’ve heard that shingles can be awful. But did you know it’s also quite common? About 1 in 3 people will develop shingles at some point, with those over age 60 at greatest risk. That's why the State Health Plan covers the shingles vaccine at no cost to primary members age 60 and older.

Pain from the shingles rash can be severe, lasting months or even years. There's also a risk of serious side effects. Research shows the one-time vaccine cuts the risk of shingles by half, and vaccinated people reduce their chances of having long-term pain.

If you are over age 60, consider getting the shingles vaccine. All you need to do is a get a prescription from your doctor and take it to a network pharmacy, along with your drug benefits card. If you get the shot at your doctor’s office, the vaccine is free but the office visit is not.  

To learn more about the shingles vaccine and other free benefits available to State Health Plan primary members, please visit  

Posted June 8, 2016

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