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Old 07-06-2011, 05:50 PM   #1
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Shingles vaccine

So today I was at grocery/pharmacy & sign said: Shingles Vaccine Available.
I asked about getting such & was told I need a prescription from a doctor.

So I have to locate a doctor, make an appointment, go visit, pay money, get a prescription, take prescription to pharmacy (which is probably out of such because it is in short supply)?

So is there anyway to get a shingles vax in less than a year or two without finding a doctor?
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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I got this a few years ago along with a pneumonia shot.

Both are once in a lifetime deals.

I did have to go to the local Army med center to get mine as it was not available at the Army health clinic. The Dr did have to perscribe it.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:04 PM   #3
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Sounds like shingles can be a world of pain and bother. What's the word on the advisability of this expensive vaccine?
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Shingles sounds hideous, there is no family history.
I'm willing to pay
I just wonder who & why decided I need to go find a doctor first.
To prove I'm 60+?
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DW and I got ours a couple years ago. It's covered by Medicare. Your doctor will ask you if you had chicken pox as a child. If you don't know the doc will send you for a blood test to find out if the pox is in your body. If not, they may not give you the shot. You don't want the pox later in life.
I have seen the shingles in people and the shot is something you want to get for sure.

Actually, we paid up front and our secondary insurance either reimbursed us or got Medicare to reimburse us. At that time the shots were not available readily and the up front fee was to cover the cost in case your insurance company refured to pay. I think the shot was $400 at that time.
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It's annoying I have to find a doctor for a simple vax I'm willing to pay for.
Got Flu vax & Tdap with no problem.

Will I also need Doctor for Hep A/B?
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Whether you need a prescription must depend on the state you live in. I got a vaccine in February, simply by walking into the local pharmacy chain.

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Whether you need a prescription must depend on the state you live in. I got a vaccine in February, simply by walking into the local pharmacy chain.

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I asked about shingles vax in March & pharmacist never mentioned prescription.
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I got a vaccine in February, simply by walking into the local pharmacy chain.
Similarly, I got a shingles shot last Fall at the pharmacy of my local grocery store. They didn't give me any static about a prescription, though they did get the name of my doctor. Medicare paid for most of it.
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Sounds like shingles can be a world of pain and bother. What's the word on the advisability of this expensive vaccine?

I would advise it . I had shingles in my left arm and into my chest . The pain felt equal to putting your arm in a gas grill . I also had numbness in my hand for six weeks after .I had no family history . Stress brought mine on . The day I signed the listing on my house in New Jersey it started .
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My FIL had a bad case of shingles. Brave man who wasn't one to complain. However, he said shingles was nearly unbearable. I'm glad you brought it up Khan. I'm due for a routine doc visit soon and will ask about the vaccine. Sure don't want to suffer though that.
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I would advise it . I had shingles in my left arm and into my chest . The pain felt equal to putting your arm in a gas grill . I also had numbness in my hand for six weeks after .I had no family history . Stress brought mine on . The day I signed the listing on my house in New Jersey it started .
Flaming petrochemicals were what my neighbor used to describe the pain. He had a whole story about it. Something about using the wrong medicine to treat the pain and then making it ever worse (possible?). I am not near the storyteller he is. I get the idea that there are not too many things in life that are more painful. Where do I purchase my ticket?
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It is, indeed, no fun. Strangely, I never had chicken pox, but that didn't keep me from getting shingles about ten years ago. Extremely painful ( had it on my back ) and put me in bed for most of two weeks.
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When did it become required to get a prescription/doctor?
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When did it become required to get a prescription/doctor?
In WA you just walk into a pharmacy, pay your money or give your medicare# and bang, you're shot.

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How much are they charging? We both just turned 60.
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I understand it is covered under Medicare part D. Therefore if you have Tricare for Life it is covered, but I also understand it has to be given in a doctors office for them to pay. I went to my doctor, and they said they don't give the shot it is given at the drug store, and around I go. Still have not been able to get one.
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Doctors are easy to find. It is good to know a doctor before you need a doctor. I have a whole array of different doctors that I see probably once every 5 years, but they are the same doctors. Examples:

Get a kidney stone, see your internist who refers you to urologist. Now you and your stones are on first-name basis with urologist. Get a new stone, she calls pain-killer prescription into pharmacy and you drink lots of water. Don't see urologist except to give her your stone.

Get a colonoscopy. Now you know a lower GI person.

Get a broken bone. Now you know an orthopedist.

Get a cardiac stress test. Now you know a cardiologist.

Get a cold. Now you know an internist or GP.

Get a skin rash. Now you know a dermatologist.

Get a hernia. Now you know a surgeon.

Get bad eyes. Now you know an opthamologist.

Anyways, docs are good. Be friends with them.
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I'm not at all enthused about having to stay shingles-free for the next decade that it takes me to be "eligible" for the vaccine.
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