When asked, my doctor said "It's so expensive - and Medicare doesn't pay for it, and many insurance companies do not cover it." I asked if it cost more than $1,000. She said "No, $200." I said, "I want the shot!" So I did prepay the $200 and received the immunization. If I had known about this vaccine, I would have had it given to my mother who is now suffering terribly from shingles. $200? What a small price to pay!