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What is the medical condition known as shingles?
The source of the virus
Who is at risk of getting shingles?
No cure exists for shingles, so treatment is centered around shortening the length of illness and preventing complications. Antiviral medications can be taken to reduce the pain and duration. Antidepressents, pain meds, and topical creams are prescribed to relieve long-term discomfort.
Clinical studies trials are being held in parts of the USA in an effort to advance the understanding of the shingles virus and to identify potential treatments.
CBS medical benefits
The shingles vaccine, known as Zostavax, is considered a preventative care benefit by HCR for members over age 60. Zostavax may be recommended for members under age 60 due to a medical condition. The FDA has approved the vaccine for people over age 50.
EBT coverage: PPO physician is payable at 100% of charges for injection only or injection and vaccine. Express Scripts pharmacy benefit pays 100% of vaccine when purchased at pharmacy. CBS will also reimburse the member 100% of the cost of a pharmacy's charge for the injection only or the cost of injection and vaccine.
RMT coverage: No age limit. Coverage at 100%. If place of service does not accept Religious Medical Trust, the member has to pay out of pocket and submit to CBS for reimbursement.