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Nationwide Shortage Of Shingles Vaccine Reported

Posted at 12:19 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 12:22:51-05

(LEX 18/Consumer Reports) — There is a nationwide shingles vaccine shortage.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a shortage of the Shingrix vaccine. Local clinics are communicating with suppliers for updates. Vaccine shortfalls may last through the end of the year.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the manufacturer of Shingrix, calls the level of demand unprecedented and says it is shipping “large volumes” of the vaccine to pharmacies every two or three weeks — which it expects to continue doing through the end of the year.

Local doctors offices have begun notifying patients of the shortage. You should always check and see if the vaccine is available on site.