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Shingles (Herpes-Zoster) Immunization

Shingles Vaccine Availability in Alberta

​​​​​​​Shin​grix® is a vaccine to prevent shingles (herpes zoster). Anyone age 50 and older​ can now get immunized.

The vaccine is not given as part of the routine Alberta immunization schedule. You have to pay for the vaccine as it’s not covered by Alberta Health Care. Check with your insurance company about your coverage.

You can get immunized for shingles at special AHS immunization clinics in Edmonton or Calgary (the Sheldon Chumir clinic in Calgary and the Immunization Business Unit clinic in Edmonton). There may be other AHS travel clinics working with Public Health Community Care Centers that may have the vaccine available. You need to call first to make any appointment but you don’t need a doctor’s prescription for these clinics.

Some doctors’ offices provide shingles immunization. Talk to your doctor to see if they can give you the vaccine.

If you have a doctor’s prescription, you may also be able to get the immunization at some pharmacies. Call your pharmacy to ask if they provide this immunization service because it’s not available at all pharmacies.

To find out where you can get the shingles immunization in your area, visit this services page.​

Current as of: March 1, 2018

Author: Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services