Rite Aid Provides Shingles Vaccination

Rite Aid announced today that over 2,000 of the drug store chains 4,700 stores will now offer shingles vaccinations to people 50-years-old and older.

The Federal Drug Administration recently extended the age range from 60 and older to 50 and older, according to Robert Thompson, Rite Aids Executive Vice President.

"The new F.D.A. recommendation means that Rite Aid pharmacists can now help a much wider range of patients protect themselves from this painful nerve disease," Thompson said in a statement. "The vaccine can often be administered to walk-in patients, making it an easy decision to get vaccinated against shingles."

Thompson says the vaccine, Zostavax, is covered by a handful of insurance plans, including Medicare Part D. He also says Rite Aid pharmacists are equipped to answer questions regarding coverage and cost for those who are looking to be vaccinated.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime, and older Americans are at a greater risk. Shingles, known for its noticeable and painful skin rash, has the potential to lead to eye and ear problems, pneumonia and, potentially, death.

Since not all Rite Aid pharmacies are offering vaccinations, Thompson highly recommends either calling or visiting Rite Aids web site to determine the closest and most convenient Rite Aid location offering the vaccination.

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