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Ann Dieffenbach got her first shot of the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, at her CVS pharmacy in Bethesda on Feb. 25. It’s a two injection series, the second shot recommended two to six months after the first. But Dieffenbach, 63, hasn’t yet been able to get that second shot: There has been no vaccine available.

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No one knows how much immunity a single shot provides because «it wasn’t studied as a one dose vaccine,» Clements says. Both doses are identical, he says.

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Patients can obtain the injections either from their physicians or at a drugstore, again depending on canada goose uk outlet their plan. canada goose coats My doctor, for example, recommends for the lowest cost getting the shot at a pharmacy, or he will provide a prescription getting the vaccine at a drugstore and bringing it to his office, where he will administer it. Because they administer the shots right there, my CVS didn’t even require a prescription for anyone 50 and older.

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canada goose deals «We are shipping large volumes of Shingrix every two to three weeks and expect this schedule to continue for the remainder of the year,» Clements says. «While patients may find their provider or pharmacy is temporarily out of stock, they should check back often or ask the pharmacy to contact them when they are restocked. Going forward, providers and patients can feel buy canada goose jacket confident that more doses are being made available regularly and that they will be able to find the vaccine to complete their two dose series.» canada goose deals

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