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Old 10-17-2013, 06:20 PM   #41
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My doc recommended both a shingles and flu vaccine at my annual physical, but I had already paid for the shingles vaccine at a local drugstore. Incidentally my flu shot this year was given through a pediatric needle and it was literally painless. The nurse giving the shot said vaccine was less viscous than in the past, thus the thinner needle.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:59 PM   #42
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Got shingles vaccine back in March (insurance covered it).
Will probably get flu vax (for free) when I give blood in Nov.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:54 AM   #43
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Interesting. Thanks for the info. When I was young, all the mothers in the neighborhood would send their kids to the house of someone with chicken pox, so that their kids would catch it and be done with it. It worked for my brother and sister, but to the best of my knowledge, I never caught it. I wonder if there is a test to determine whether I had an undetectable case. I would think there are some antibodies running around still.
REW got it right -- you can't get shingles without prior chicken pox. But, if you are over 50 the odds are very high that you will test positive, so much that testing is considered more useless and costly than helpful. Also, you can get chicken pox late. So, I got mine years ago. To date, benefits >> risks.
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Old 10-18-2013, 04:10 AM   #44
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Megacorp provides free flu shots and I'm sure to get one. I do enough traveling on planes that it is well worth it. The last couple of times I got the flu were years when I didn't get the shot and came down with it right after a flight.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:50 PM   #45
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Got my flu shot er nasal spray. Poor lady was supposed to shoot it up half each side. Instead she went full bore up the left...


you have to laugh.

Her words." Oh noooo". Oh it will be ok honey...

Haha even incompetence can be cute.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:16 PM   #46
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My doc suggested Shingles shot and I am 57. I get flu shot every year.

Question, how often does one get the shingles shot?
I have heard you should only re- shingle one time, then the next time it's a complete tear off and replacement.

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I have heard you should only re- shingle one time, then the next time it's a complete tear off and replacement.

I think that this rule of thumb depends on snow load. This can be judged by the amount of white on the top.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:59 AM   #48
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Got my first flu shot ever yesterday because two weeks ago a simple cold (no fever, no chest congestion) laid me out for a couple days (no energy, felt really bad). I thought, "Geez, if a cold can do this to me, what if I did contract the flu?"

I was going to get the small-needle intradermal because I am a wimp, but I ran into one of the docs in the lobby, and she said she got the intradermal, and it stung more and left a big mark, and she'll never get it again. Then the receptionist chimed in with the exact same report. So I got the "regular" shot - no big deal.
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I don't know why, but I have never gave any serious consideration to getting a flu shot. People around here seem to use the word "flu" with every little sickness they have.
But, that shingles stuff really sounds bad. I will take that shot when I am old enough though.
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Got my flu shot this morning when I had my annual physical. Asked the doc about the shingles shot and he said there are mixed opinions on when to get it as previously discussed here. He said he generally uses 60 as the date to give it. So I decided to wait until next Fall.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:24 AM   #51
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I got my flu shot on Monday at my local pharmacy. I used to get it at w*rk. Now that I am ER I do not meet the criteria for getting it free from Public Health. While my chances of getting the flu are lower than when is was w*rking, I would rather avoid getting the flu if possible.
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Good ole Kaiser... I was leaving an appointment, and while passing through the lobby there were a couple of the immunization folks there, all set up. "Hey, do you need a flu shot?"

Well, yes, I did. I handed them my card, went down the 'allergies, etc' checklist, and got the shot. The whole thing took less than a minute, and no (extra) charge, as the HMO plans include immunizations.

They've already got my shingles shot noted as due on my next birthday, when I start getting my 10% off at Burger King, Dairy Queen and Mrs. Field's Cookies...
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The whole thing took less than a minute, and no (extra) charge, as the HMO plans include immunizations.
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FWIW, my BC/BS PPO policy paid in full for my flu and shingles immunizations as well.
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What's the deal with pneumonia shots? I see those at the drug store as well?

How often are you supposed to get those?
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What's the deal with pneumonia shots? I see those at the drug store as well?

How often are you supposed to get those?

Here you go.....

Vaccines: Older Adults 60 Years or Older - CDC
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Doesn't the ACA require that most insurance plans now cover flu, shingles, and pneumonia immunizations with no co-pay?

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But I'm not sure what "most" plans means.

Edit: Found an answer here - second question from the top of the list of FAQs.
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