Supervalu launches shingle vaccine initiative

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu is offering shingles vaccinations at more than 800 of its in-store pharmacies within the company’s nationwide family of grocery stores.

The cost of the shingles vaccination will vary based on the individual’s insurance coverage. However, all Medicare Part D prescription drug plans cover the shingles vaccine administered in Supervalu’s in-store pharmacies. The patients will incur a co-pay that will vary by plan, Supervalu said.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1-in-3 Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime, many of whom are ages 60 years and older. Shingles is a nerve root infection that may cause chronic pain and possibly cause other health issues.

“Shingles can be a debilitating condition for many adults with the risk increasing as they get older,” said Anthony Provenzano, Supervalu pharmacy director of clinical programs. “By getting the shingles vaccine from one of our specially trained and certified immunizing pharmacists, adults can reduce their chances of developing shingles or lessen the severity of pain and complications resulting from the illness.”

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