Shingles Vaccine is Available through Oswego County Health Department

OSWEGO – Oswego County residents who are uninsured, or whose insurance doesn’t cover the shingles vaccine, may be eligible to receive the shingles vaccine through the Oswego County Health Department.

The health department recently received a supply of shingles vaccine from the New York State Department of Health.

“Shingles, also called herpes zoster or zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox,” said Jodi Martin, supervising public health nurse in Preventive Services with the Oswego County Health Department. “After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus remains inactive in the body. Usually the virus does not cause any further problems; however, the virus may re-emerge years later, causing shingles.”

The vaccine is recommended for people age 60 and older.

There is no maximum age for receiving the vaccine.

Oswego County residents aged 60 or over who have no insurance coverage, or whose insurance doesn’t cover the cost of the shingles vaccine, are asked to contact the County Health Department at 349-3547 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to see if they are eligible for the program.

If eligible, an appointment will be made to receive the vaccine.

No one will receive the vaccine without an appointment and without eligibility being verified.

For more information about shingles, visit http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/shingles/fact_sheet.htm