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By TIMES WIRES
Published March 17, 2007


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Is Medicare picking up the cost for shingles shots?

Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, is covered under Medicare's Part D prescription program for those age 65 and older. Cost of the vaccine varies with copay drug coverage plans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all adults age 60 and older get the vaccine. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is caused by the chicken pox virus and affects about 1-million people a year.

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[Last modified March 17, 2007, 00:41:50]


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