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By Dan Rudy 

State shingles shot subsidies to end for elderly

 


The Public Health office in Wrangell is letting it be known that vaccinations for shingles, or zoster, are still available, but beginning Jan. 1 people aged 65 years and over will no longer be able to receive the state-subsidized vaccines.

The program is being cut due to rising costs. The price to receive a zoster vaccine is currently set at $28.

“After that it’ll be $250, or whatever the market will bear,” Nurse Ty Esposito explained. The sliding scale will also not be in effect for the shots.

Shingles is a viral disease affecting the skin in the form of a blistered rash, which can b...



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