A New Shingles Vaccine Is Available — And The State May Pay For You To Get It

Jun 12, 2018

There's a new vaccine available for shingles, a disease caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. It's significantly more effective, and for a longer length of time, than the old vaccine. And if you're an adult between the ages of 50 and 64, the state will pay for you to get it.

Vermont Edition checked in with Christine Finley, immunization program manager for the Vermont Health Department.

"This new vaccine is shown to prevent shingles in 97 percent of people that are between 50 and 69 [years old] and over 90 percent of people 70 and older," explained Finley.

Listen to the Broadcast live on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.