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Old 07-11-2014, 05:14 PM   #41
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From what I've read about the shingles vaccine the known duration of the effectiveness of the shingles vaccine is only 4-5 years, beyond that no one knows. There are studies currently being conducted to try and determine what the actual duration effectiveness is. Anyone have more current information? For those who got the vaccine, do you plan on getting another shot in a few years? I live in a rural area and I'm guessing because of the difficulties in storing the vaccine it seems to be in short supply, the few places (pharmacies, clinics) that I've found that do offer the vaccine also have a minimum age limit of 60 (I'm 56).
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I'm starting to feel perturbed that I had to pay 90 bucks for mine, with insurance. I didn't question the co-pay at the time because I knew it was a pretty expensive vaccine.

Got it at Walgreens, I don't know if getting it at a regular doctor visit would have made it cheaper.
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It's possible you can just go to the pharmacy and get one.
I got one at Walgreens at age 59 years and 11 months with no prescription, but had to fight with the pharmacist because I was "too young".
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:46 PM   #44
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Before getting my shingles vaccine a few years ago, I called my insurance company to verify if they would pay for it. They said, "Yes, but only if administered at a doctor's office." The vaccine was on backorder by the manufacturer and it took about 6 weeks for the doctor's office to get it. When I went in to for the shot, the nurse administered it and I had no aftereffects.

Now, as my friends turn 60, I usually send them an email reminder to get a shingles shot.

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In TX you don't need a doctor's prescription to get the shingles vaccine. Just go to the pharmacy. Same with a flu shot.

There is usually a "bit of discussion" if you are under 60.
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Yes, it can be hard to find someone who will give it to you if you are under 50... I just called around until I found a Walgreen's that said they would... so if you want one, just call around and ask...

As to the life of the shot... I have no idea, but the pharmacist told me to get another in 10 years...
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mulligan: I read the vaccination rebate terms and conditions. I was wondering if you think I can get it? I am 67, have medicare a and b, medicare part d. don't use any drugs so they want 195 dollars at the drug stores, I also have an hmo at a local hospital for a supplement. let me know what you think thanks

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mulligan: I read the vaccination rebate terms and conditions. I was wondering if you think I can get it? I am 67, have medicare a and b, medicare part d. don't use any drugs so they want 195 dollars at the drug stores, I also have an hmo at a local hospital for a supplement. let me know what you think thanks

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Frank, call the Medicare folks and ask them directly. My bet is you can get it as part of your annual preventive check up. That's how I got my pneumonia shot last year.
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I am 66 and got one last year and I had to pay $55. Walgreen give me mine. I had a small reaction from the shot but nothing bad. Just a large red spot that lasted about a month. I did feel a little different after the shot but it passed after about an hour. They made me wait until I felt 100%. My neighbor had the shingles. He is a year older than me and he said get the shot. He still has problems and it has been 15 months since he came down with the disease. He told me it was the worst thing he has even had happen to him. I have enough problems as it is and sure did not want the shingles. oldtrig
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mulligan: I read the vaccination rebate terms and conditions. I was wondering if you think I can get it? I am 67, have medicare a and b, medicare part d. don't use any drugs so they want 195 dollars at the drug stores, I also have an hmo at a local hospital for a supplement. let me know what you think thanks

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I would go with Aja's suggestion. I was just passing on the info I read and am not familiar with any of it. Though after reading about this, I damn sure positive I don't want any shingles!


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Flu shot and Zostavax are definitely two separate vaccines. While the flu shot will have 3 to 4 different strains of flu it will not have shingles vaccine in it. The shingles vaccine is live and has to be kept frozen in powder form till reconstituted and used within 20 minutes. Flu tends to be in the muscle (now nasally and intradermal) vs. subcutaneous for the shingles. Not to mention the price of $200 for shingles and $15 for flu.
You are correct. I was mistaken. Somehow, I came to a wrong belief after browsing through vaccine & flu articles at the time I had my shingles. After your reply (and Meadbh's), searched internet again and I can't find the same article that made me believe flu vaccine can have shingles vaccine. My doctor is completely exonerated .
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You are correct. I was mistaken. Somehow, I came to a wrong belief after browsing through vaccine & flu articles at the time I had my shingles. After your reply (and Meadbh's), searched internet again and I can't find the same article that made me believe flu vaccine can have shingles vaccine. My doctor is completely exonerated .
All is forgiven. This is a good time to reflect that we should not believe everything we read on the internet.
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Those of you that had the shingles vaccine 4-5 years ago are you getting or have you gotten a 2nd dose...just wondering the the medicare or insurance stand is on a repeat dose? It seems as if this is one area where you want to maintain full immunity if possible.

I see that Zinger asked this question also, but no one has responded.
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I would describe the pain from my bout with Shingles about 7-8 yrs ago as a nasty combination of cracked ribs and 3rd degree sunburn. It hurt to move and hurt to touch the skin. This thread is a good reminder to get the shot...thanks.
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I would describe the pain from my bout with Shingles about 7-8 yrs ago as a nasty combination of cracked ribs and 3rd degree sunburn. It hurt to move and hurt to touch the skin. This thread is a good reminder to get the shot...thanks.
While watching a show on Jellyfish the other day, it dawned on me that pain the time I waterskied in Chesapeake bay and fell into a swarm of jellyfish was very similar to the pain I had with shingles.
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From what my doctor told me, although the vaccine is approved for those over 50 it is only recommended for those over 60 to ensure that there is adequate supply of the vaccine.

I've seen friends get shingles and its awful. I wanted the shot.

I had a shingles shot at my doctors office 3 months ago. Fully covered by insurance. Age 51.
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I could be wrong but I believe the shingles vaccine is part of the ACA preventive care so it should be free! Excluding Medicare. Does that sound right?
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I could be wrong but I believe the shingles vaccine is part of the ACA preventive care so it should be free! Excluding Medicare. Does that sound right?
Yes, herpes zoster is one of the vaccines covered in the "wellness and preventative services" category of the essential health benefits mandate. See here https://www.healthcare.gov/preventive-care-benefits/
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I just got my senior (high dosage) flu shot at CVS about an hour ago. It was a very light pinprick, and so far no side effects, and I didn't have to pay a cent for it because Medicare foots the bill. Quick and easy.

In a week or so (when I am sure I am not experiencing side effects from the flu vaccine), I plan to go back and get vaccinated for shingles. Somehow that escaped my attention until now. I don't think Medicare will pay for it, but maybe my BCBS would pick up some of the cost. If not, it's still worth it to avoid getting shingles from what I've heard.
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I just got my senior (high dosage) flu shot at CVS about an hour ago. It was a very light pinprick, and so far no side effects, and I didn't have to pay a cent for it because Medicare foots the bill. Quick and easy.

In a week or so (when I am sure I am not experiencing side effects from the flu vaccine), I plan to go back and get vaccinated for shingles. Somehow that escaped my attention until now. I don't think Medicare will pay for it, but maybe my BCBS would pick up some of the cost. If not, it's still worth it to avoid getting shingles from what I've heard.
I believe Medicare covers the shingles vaccine under part D.
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