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Does Medicare Cover the Shingles Vaccine?
NorthJersey.com - 10/2/11
Yes, the shingles vaccine is covered by Medicare but your physician cannot bill Medicare for the vaccine. Unlike some other vaccines that are covered under Part B Medicare, the shingles vaccine is covered by Part D, the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
NH Allows Pharmacists to Give More Vaccinations
Bloomberg BusinessWeek - 9/4/11
New Hampshire is joining a growing national trend in allowing pharmacists to give more vaccinations than annual flu shots – but doctors oppose the changes in what appears to be a turf war over a profitable aspect of medical care. A new state law lets trained pharmacists give vaccinations for a bacterial form of pneumonia that can be deadly and for shingles, a painful reappearance of latent chicken pox virus that affects the nerve roots and can produce a blistering rash. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the trend to let pharmacists give vaccines has grown from 22 states allowing flu shots in 1999 to all 50 in 2009.
Shingles: Vaccine to protect against painful disease is costly and in short supply
Baltimore Sun - 8/10/11
My fellow mothers used to tease me about being first in line for any new childhood vaccination: hepatitis, meningitis, HPV. If it came in a syringe and it promised to protect my kids from some terrible disease, I was all in. So it should come as no surprise that as the sun came up on my 60th birthday, I could be found in line for the shingles vaccine for which I was now officially eligible.
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