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Welcome to the website of Dr. Thomas J.W. Bering, M.D and Dr. Richard C. Weiermiller, Jr., M.D., members of Prism Medical Group, a division of Arcturus Healthcare, PLC.  We are Board Certified Physicians specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, treating patients from birth to adulthood.  It is our goal to provide you with the  best healthcare possible. Please browse our site to get helpful information about our practice and tips for your health.  Thank you!

Please visit www.prismmedicalgroup.com for more info about Prism Medical

Dear Patients:
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It our pleasure to provide you with health services and we thank you for entrusting us with your care. We would like to share some exciting news. We have combined our practice with Prism Medical Group, a division of Arcturus Healthcare PLC, a locally owned group of physicians who have joined together to provide high quality medicine in our area.

As you know, over the last few years the healthcare environment has undergone great change and the move to Quality based medicine has led to increased reporting demands on the Doctors. As such, we felt a need to consolidate our back room operations like billing, accounting and quality metrics with a larger group to ensure that we are doing the best we can for our patients and practice. We are very confident that the move to Arcturus will continue to allow us to do what we do best; care for our patients.

What does this mean for you as a patient? You will still continue to see your Doctors just as you always have, along with the same familiar faces in our office. Our hours and availability will still remain the same and we will continue to make hospital visits. You will find you have access to some health resources in a more timely and cost effective manner, including some lab, x-ray and outreach care services. You will notice some changes in our signage, phone messages and billing statements, but we promise to continue to provide you and your family, the same caring, compassionate high quality healthcare we always have.

 We appreciate the trust you have shown in allowing us to provide for your medical needs. It is our goal to ensure that the transition will be seamless and will not affect our patient care. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your Doctor, management or our staff.
Dr. Bering & Dr. Weiermiller and Staff
CALL US FIRST!
While we realize that at times urgent care centers are convenient, we would also like to take this time to remind you that we are available to our patients 24/7. We have same day appointments for urgent care and will return all phone calls the same day. Our answering service is available 24 hours a day. We ask that you please contact us first before going to an urgent care or emergency room so we can assess your medical needs and recommend a treatment.  We have found some urgent care facilities are not providing the quality care we want for our patients. We want to be sure you are getting the best health care advice possible. We can save you hours in a waiting room or even treament for the wrong diagnosis for a condition that may have been able to wait until the next day.
 
​​​​​​​Call our office at 248-817-2230 or after hours call our Answering Service at 248-544-6917​​​​​​​
If you need care urgently, we advise you visit DocNow Urgent Care for quality care.  
Located at:
WellPointe Building
1701 East South Boulevard, Suite 150 (just west of Dequindre)
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
DocNow is a department of Arcturus Healthcare, PLC 

Wellpoint Medical Center and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Wellpointe Medical Center
Address: 1701 South Blvd. East, Rochester, MI, 48307
Room Name: Basement
Date: Tue Jan 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Jessica Miller
Blood Program Leader Phone Number: 2489975805
Click here to make an appointment

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. 

 Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

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NOVEMBER 2019
NOVEMBER is…..
Lung Cancer Awareness Month  www.lung.org
Great American Smokeout (Nov 19) www.cancer.org
American Diabetes Month www.diabetes.org
National Healthy Lunch Day (Nov 19) www.diabetes.org
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month www.alz.org
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week www.aboutgerd.org
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month www.pancan.org
COPD Awareness Month www.copdfoundation.org
National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month  www.nostomachforcancer.org
Diabetic Eye Disease Month www.friendsforsight.org
National Hospice Palliative Care Month www.nhpco.org/hospice-month
National Family Caregivers Month http://caregiveraction.org
National Healthy Skin Month www.aad.org
Our  office is located on the northeast corner of South Boulevard and John R Road, just one mile west of William Beaumont Hospital and its ancillary services.

OUR ADDRESS:                                         
Executive Place
1055 South Boulevard E. Suite 220
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

OUR PHONE NUMBERS:
(248)817-2230
(248) 817-2891  (fax)        

PRISM MEDICAL GROUP

WELCOME TO OUR PRACTICE!

We are Board Certified Physicians specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. We see patients from birth to  adulthood.

We look foward to caring for you and your family and encourage you to take an active part in your medical treatment plan.

Do you know someone looking for a new physician? If you like our practice please let others know.  We are always accepting new patients and appreciate word of mouth and patient referrals.  Thank you!
Questions are always welcome!​

ATTENTION PATIENTS:

We are participating with several new insurances although we may not appear in the directory. IF YOU
HAVE A NEW INSURANCE PLAN PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE BEFORE CHANGING PROVIDERS! 

GM Employees choosing the HAP Plan: HAP has agreed to include Beaumont Primary Care Doctors in the plan although we may not appear in directory of available physicians.  Please call our office if you would like to stay with our Practice to verify that we are participating in your new plan.
DID YOU SWITCH TO AN HMO?

PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT US AS YOUR DOCTORS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.  

We will not able able to see you if we are not listed as your primary care physician.  Call your insurance company to verify this.

Also,  HMO's generally require a referral from the Doctor prior to seeing a specialist. Referrals take 7-10 days to process, so please  call our office BEFORE you make an appointment to see a specialist.  Find out more under Referrals on the Our Practice Tab.
THANK YOU!
 WE HAVE FLU SHOTS !
The flu season is just around the corner!
Stay healthy this winter
GET YOUR FLU SHOT TODAY!

Fight the flu-call for an appointment today!

Why get a flu shot?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death Each year in the U.S., more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Over the last 31 flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates annual deaths ranging from a low of 3,000 to a high of 49,000 people.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses and its complications. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older.

Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear annually, which is why the flu vaccine is reformulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.

When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
VACCINES SAVE LIVES!
​​​​​​​DON'T PUT YOUR YOUR BABY OR  CHILD AT RISK-VACCINATE TODAY!

Vaccines given to infants and young children over the past two decades will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doubts about vaccines safety and fading memories of vaccine-preventable diseases have contributed to a resurgence of nearly forgotten diseases such as measles, which was officially declared eradicated in the USA in 2000.

Numerous studies have debunked the notion that vaccines cause autism or other chronic diseases. Factual evidence shows that vaccines are some of the safest medications available, but rumors and conspiracy theories still spread.
Please speak to your Doctor if you have any questions or concerns about Vaccines.  We follow AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) guidelines and recommendatons for vaccines.​​​​​​​​​​​​
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WELCOME TO OUR 
PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL
HOME 

For more information go to:

OUR OFFICE HOURS


Monday   8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday   9:30am-7:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday  8:30am-5:00pm
Friday      8:30am-5:00pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 everyday except Tuesday
Tuesday closed 2:00-3:00 pm

AFTER HOURS
If you are experiencing an urgent problem and the office is closed, please call our answering service at:
(248) 544-6917
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The answering service will contact us and a Doctor will return your call as soon as possible.

Please note: Nonurgent prescription refills and test results are handled during regular business hours.
INSURANCES
We accept most major insurances, please check with your insurance company directly to ensure that we participate with your specific plan. Each insurance company offer many different plans. 
We participate with the following insurance plans:
AARP
Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Care Network/BCN Advatage
Champus (CHAMPVA)
Cigna (HAP/CIGNA)
Cofinity
GM Connected Care
 
(through Henry Ford Health System)
Golden Rule
HAP
Health Plus (MI CHILD)
Humana Choice
 (PPO and Medicare)
McLaren
Medicare   (including MR Railroad)
Medicare Plus Blue

Multiplan/Cofinity
Priority Health
  • PPO/HMO/POS & Medicare
Total Health Care
UMR Beaumont Insurance
United Healthcare 
We do not accept Medicaid of any Type

Not all Insurance Plans are listed.
If you do not see yours listed please call our office at
(248) 817-2230
to verify that we accept your insurance.
THANK YOU!
Do you know about the vaccine
recommended for adults 65 and older?
Prevnar 13® is recommended for all adults 65 years of age or older. 
Adults 65 years of age or older are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease. Elderly patients are about 3 times more likely over the age of 65 to acquire community-acquired pneumonia (the prevalence rate 70 in 100,000). If you yourself have not already suffered from pneumonia at some point in your life, you probably know someone who has. It can be very serious, cause hospitalization, and possibly be fatal.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you are over the age of 65, or if you know someone who is over the age of 65, take note of this new recommendation and take action. 
​​Ask your Doctor for more information OR  VISIT http://www.adult.prevnar1​​​​​​​​
GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT
(NOVEMBER 19, 2019)

Get ready to lose the habit, and become victorious over tobacco. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, we set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.

About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

By quitting — even for one day — you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing your cancer risk. It’s a race for your health, and it starts today. Today’s the day that win. Get more info at: www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout

DO YOU NEED HELP QUITTING?
Take the Stop Smoking Quiz. (click below)
http://www.cancer.org/healthy/toolsandcalculators/quizzes/app/smoking-habits-quiz
​​​​​​​(COURTESY OF THE AMERCIAN CANCER ASSOC.)

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HAVE YOU ACTIVATED YOUR myBEAUMONTCHART?

View your medical information online from anywhere through Beaumont's myBeaumontchart electronic medical record.
  • Receive test results online
  • Review your medication
  • Review after visit summaries and discharge summaries
  • Access up to date health information
  • Now you can request proxy access for children and family members
  • Stay in touch and communicate with your physician.
  • Manage appointment and Hospital bills.
  • You can even request your Prescription Refills!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

SIGN UP TODAY AT:
(click here)
Or ask at our Front Desk!

If your are 65 or older ask about our HIGH DOSE FLU SHOT! Click here for more info.

ATTENTION PATIENTS WHO ARE 65 YEARS AND OLDER:
We now carry the High Dose Flu Vaccine.
It is the first flu vaccine specially formulated for people 65 years and older. As you get older, your immune system weakens. Therefore, you don't have as high an antibody response after receiving the traditional flu vaccine to help your body fight off the flu. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is made for people 65+ to help promote a stronger immune response to the flu than a regular flu shot. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine has 4 times the antigen of a regular flu shot for a stronger immune response to the flu. This helps protect those 65+ from the flu and the dangerous complications that can come with it. 
Flu complications can be especially devastating when you're 65 or older. Up to 90% of flu-related deaths and 60% of flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. occur in people 65 or older. That's why it's important to take extra precautions to help protect yourself. So what can you do? Get vaccinated.  It's the best way to help protect yourself from the flu virus and its complications. 
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine may be covered with no co-payment or deductible under Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and private insurance policies. 

Speak to your Doctor about whether the High Dose Flu Vaccine is right for you.

Expecting
a Baby?
​Congratulations!
Having a baby is a very exciting and rewarding experience!  Choosing a pediatrician to care for your baby is an important decision.  We hope you will consider our Practice when it comes time to make that choice.  We are committed to providing excellent care to your child, from birth through adulthood and take great pride in providing the highest quality comprehensive care in a compassionate, friendly yet professional environment.

We are Board Certified Physicians specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.  As “MedPeds” Doctors, we completed a residency in both fields and are Board Certified to practice in both specialties.  Our practice offers you a unique opportunity to provide your child with a physician who can continue to care for him or her throughout their life.

We still see and care for our patients at the Hospital, so we will be there for you and your new baby from the very first day.

In order to better familiarize yourself with our practice as you make this decision, we encourage you to make an appointment to meet with us at the office to answer any questions and learn about the services we offer.

We look forward to developing a relationship with you and your family to provide lifelong excellent care for all your medical needs.

Schedule your “prenatal consult" with one of our physicians today by calling our office at
(248) 817-2230






PROUD MEMBERS OF
BEAUMONT HEALTH SYSTEM

Spread the word-take action to find a cure. visit https://www.alz.org/

 IT'S ALZHEIMER AWARENESS MONTH
Alzheimer's impact is growing

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Go Purple with a Purpose for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
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•    Get involved

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.

It’s all about finding the right balance that works for you.

When you’re managing diabetes, your eating plan is a powerful tool. But eating healthy can feel boring and dull, right? Well, it doesn't have to because there are tons of things you can do to add flavor to your daily routine—including healthy twists on your favorite foods.

So, don’t give up. The one key to feeling your best lies in the food you eat—so start working with a dietitian or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) or your loved ones to make an eating plan today. Be sure to include foods you like and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Most importantly, remember that eating well—and adding activity to your daily routine (moving more)—are important ways you can manage diabetes. And we’re here to help you every step of the way.​​​​​​​ (click on the image for more info)

This November, It’s Up to Everyone to Take a Stand Against Diabetes 
This fight isn’t just yours. It’s ours.
Regardless of where you are with diabetes—newly diagnosed, fighting type 1 or type 2, or being there for a loved one—there’s something you should know: help is here. Let’s beat this thing together. You’re not alone in this.

Nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most don’t understand the life-long burden of this chronic illness or the 24/7 work it takes to effectively manage diabetes. Diabetes is a complex health condition that affects millions of people and without proper management, can lead to serious complications. 
“One in 11 Americans has diabetes, a chronic disease that can often lead to serious complications and requires constant self-management. Unaddressed, diabetes takes a heavy toll medically, financially and individually. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for other serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. The economic burden of diabetes and prediabetes is $322 billion each year, and people with diabetes have health care costs that are 2.3 times higher than someone without diabetes. 
Throughout November, the Association encourages everyone to visit diabetes.org and take a stand in one of three ways: donating to support research, education and prevention; becoming an advocate to support efforts to find a cure, improve access to health care and protect the rights of people with diabetes; or sharing your message to #everydayreality.
In recognition of November as American Diabetes Month®, the American Diabetes Association® (Association) reminds us that there’s a hero inside everyone affected by diabetes. So start paying attention—to step up, suit up and join us in improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”
VIIST http://diabetes.org/ FOR MORE INFORMATION
NOVEMBER IS PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
The pancreas is a gland in the abdomen, located behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It has two main functions:  Digestion and  Blood sugar regulation. Pancreatic cancer begins when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow out of control and form a tumor. The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often vague and may be mistaken for more common and less serious conditions. The cause of the majority of pancreatic cancer cases is unknown. Early detection of the disease can lead to better patient outcomes.  A key to early detection is knowing the risk factors and symptoms.

LEARN THE SIGNS,SYMPTOMS & RISK FACTORS
Pancreatic cancer may cause only vague symptoms, but if you are experiencing one or more of the below unexplained symptoms that are abnormal and persistent, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network urges you to see your doctor and reference pancreatic cancer.
  • Abdominal Pain or Mid Back Pain
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Nausea
  • Change in Stool
  • Recent Onset Diabetes
Risk Factors:
  • Family History
  • Obesity: Obese people have a 20% increased risk of developing the disease compared to people of a normal weight.
  • Diet:  A diet high in red and processed meats may increase risk
  • Race: African-Americans and Ashkenazi Jews have a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer.
  • Smoking Smoking may cause about 20-30% of all exocrine pancreatic cancer cases.
  • Gender: Slightly more men are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer than women.
  • Age: The chance of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age.
  • Diabetes: Long-standing (over 5 years) diabetes increases risk.
  • Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis increases risk. Risk is even higher for people with hereditary pancreatitis.
This is the cancer we have to crack NOW. Help https://www.pancan.org/  raise awareness for the world's deadliest major cancer this November

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​​​​​​​Meningococcal Meningitis can spread quickly, and teenagers and young adults are at greatest risk.

Is your teen going off to  college soon?  Have they received their Menactra Booster?  As you are busy checking off the dorm supply list make sure to add getting the vaccine to your to-do list.

So what is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective layer around the brain and spinal cord.This inflammation can be caused by a virus, a bacterium, or even a fungus.
  • Viral meningitis is the most common form. It is serious but generally not life threatening, and it usually goes away in 7 to 10 days.
  • Bacterial meningitis is rare, but it is very serious and potentially fatal. It includes meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal disease, can progress quickly. It can make an infant or teenager very sick and may even be life threatening. Meningococcal disease spreads just like the flu, passing from person to person through everyday activities. Some people carrying the bacteria never get sick, so they might pass it to others without knowing.
According to the CDC, teenagers and young adults are most likely to get meningitis. Research has shown that the following activities put teenagers and young adults at greater risk:
  • Living in close quarters, such as college dormitories
  • Being in crowded situations for prolonged periods of time (such as locker rooms)
  • Sharing drinking glasses, water bottles, or eating utensils
  • Kissing
  • Staying out late and having irregular sleeping patterns, which weakens the immune system.
Meningococcal meningitis symptoms
Meningococcal meningitis can be difficult to diagnose because its most common symptoms – fever, headache, and muscle pain – may be similar to those of influenza (flu). The symptoms of meningitis can occur suddenly and include:
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Stiff neck or other muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion
  • Rash
  • Seizures
Meningococcal disease is rare. But just how serious is it? Did you know that:
  • Up to 1 in 5 survivors suffer brain damage, amputations, kidney damage, and more
  • As many as 1 in 8 people who get the disease die from it
  • The disease can kill a child in just 24 hours
If your child has symptoms – especially if they’ve been around someone with meningitis – contact a doctor immediately. When it comes to treating this potentially deadly disease, speed is essential.

Don’t take chances with meningitis. You can’t monitor everything your kids do. But you can help protect your child against meningococcal disease and its potentially deadly complications with Menactra vaccine. Menactra is a safe and effective vaccine that helps protect against meningococcal disease.

Your child should receive their first Menactra vaccination at age 11 through 12 years, with a booster dose at age 16 through 18 years 16 years. Talk to your doctor to see if your child has been vaccinated or needs a booster or for any qustions you may have.
* information courtesy of www.menactra.com

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THE FACTS ABOUT HPV MAY SURPRISE YOU
WHAT IS HPV?
IT’S ABOUT CANCER. IT’S ABOUT DISEASES. AND IT CAN BE SERIOUS.
If you haven’t heard about the risks of HPV-related cancers and disease yet, it’s time you did. HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is a virus that can infect both males and females and cause potentially serious diseases.
As a parent, you know it’s important to have a healthy diet and regular checkups at the doctor’s office, but you may not know that exposure to HPV can put your child at risk for HPV-related cancers and diseases later in life. 
There are approximately 14 million new HPV infections in the United States every year — about 50% of them in 15- to 24-year-olds. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV could cause potentially serious diseases. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus. Understanding HPV and its possible consequences is the first step in helping your child be one less at risk for certain HPV-related cancers and diseases.
THE FACTS DON’T LIE
Currently, there are about 79 million Americans infected with HPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, 14 million new infections occur in the United States and about half of the newly infected people are 15 to 24 years old.
Please speak to your Doctor about getting your teen the Gardasil Vaccine.  
Get the Facts-Protect their future!
For more info go to https://www.gardasil9.com/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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 DID YOU KNOW?
 A new recommended vaccine to fight Shingles is now available for adults 50 years and older!



What You Need to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine
Shingles is a painful rash that usually develops on one side of the body, often the face or torso. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. Some people describe the pain as an intense burning sensation. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. This long-lasting pain is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), and it is the most common complication of shingles. Your risk of getting shingles and PHN increases as you get older.

In the U.S., currently 1 million people get shingles every year, and about one out of every three people will get shingles in their lifetime. Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.  The virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body and can reactivate years later and cause shingles.
A new shingles vaccine called Shingrix was licensed  by the FDA in 2017. CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of Shingrix, 2 to 6 months apart. Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and PHN. Shingrix is the preferred vaccine, over Zostavax®, a shingles vaccine in use since 2006.

 Even people who have had shingles or previously got Zostavax can be vaccinated with Shingrix to prevent shingles and the complications caused by the disease.
To learn more speak to your Doctor