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Old 06-30-2015, 11:42 AM   #21
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No pain from the shingles vaccine, but it did itch some and there was some swelling at the injection site. Guess it took me longer than some to absorb, as there was a bump present for a few weeks.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:32 PM   #22
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Once you get shingles, can you get that again?
My understanding is that once the virus is in your system (and it's in practically everyone), it stays there forever with no way to ever eradicate it.

Most of the time, it's dormant, but when it decides to become active, it's shingles time and you're hosed. What the vaccine does is to strengthen your own immune system to deal with the virus.
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Got the shot last year and it was paid by my individual insurance policy. Don't remember any reaction to it but then I rarely do have a problem with shots. I have not had the shingles. I don't remember if I had chicken pox as a kid but my mother thought I might have had a mild case.
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Both DH and I got the shot almost 2 years ago. I had no reaction whatsoever. DH was red and itchy at the injection site for a couple of days. Neither of us has had shingles. We both had the chicken pox when young.
2 years ago - no itch no twitch but I did have to part with about $200 at the drug store. DW was covered by her retirement health plan.

heh heh heh - years ago I took Mom to the ER Mardis Gras day. In her 80's it started near her nose and cheek headed toward the left eye. Spent a week in the hospital.
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My wife and I both got the vaccine a year ago. When we went to Hawaii for the month of February, my wife was itching all over. She had medicine for neuropathy (legs and feet), and that medicine stopped her itching immediately.
On our last week there, she broke out around her neck. The rash was itchy and uncomfortable but not exactly painful.
Her rash peeled upon our getting home. It was only then that we realized that she had a very mild set of shingles, and had she not had that vaccine she'd have been in severe pain.
Get the shot.
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We both got it and had no side effects. Insurance paid for it.


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There is more detailed information in this article about the possible new shingles vaccine. I only quoted about a third of the article, more details at the link. I am age 49 and am definitely waiting for the time being and seeing how the new vaccine pans out.

New shingles vaccine puts patients in quandary - philly-archives

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Public-health experts cheered last month when a pivotal study showed GlaxoSmithKline's experimental shingles vaccine is much more effective than the established Merck vaccine.

In the long run, the prospect of a better shingles shot could improve vaccination rates among people 60 and older, currently a disappointing 24 percent.

But in the short run, the good news creates a bit of a quandary: Should older adults who want protection wait, probably a few years, for approval of the new vaccine, and hope the herpes zoster virus doesn't rear its excruciating rash in the meantime?

"That's a hard question," said Stephanie Bialek, a herpes virus expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It's one we expect a lot of people to have.

And one, she added, that cannot yet be answered because the new vaccine is still being studied. . .

Glaxo has not said when it hopes to file for approval, but it is completing studies of the vaccine in people age 70 and older and in immune-compromised patients, for whom the current vaccine is not safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration review can take six months or more.

One question Glaxo "has no formal plans at this point" to explore, Heineman said, is whether people who have had Zostavax could also get the Glaxo vaccine.
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Once you get shingles, can you get that again? Just wondering as I had a shingles outbreak back in college. Had that on parts of my chest and back. For me, the outbreak was more itchy than painful.
My dad has had shingles twice, first in his late 20's, then in his
60's. He recalls the better pain management available the
first time (morphine taken orally).
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:16 AM   #29
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I had shingles last year at age 59. No fun at all. I would gladly have paid $200 to avoid it. At this point, it is my understanding that it is less likely to recur, so I am going to skip the vaccine. I would rather my wife spend the $200 on her own preventive care for it.
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I was avoiding the shingles vaccine because I didn't like the fear-mongering commercials and I'd also read about people getting shingles after getting the vaccine. I did have chicken pox as a child.


What changed my mind was a fellow student in my Geology class, in her 20s, who mentioned one day that she'd had a shingles attack over the weekend and the pain was so bad she was in tears. I got the shot, private insurance covered it. No side effects.


DH has a weakened immune system and his doctor told him he should definitely not get it.
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I got the shingles vaccine when I turned 60 and my insurance covered it. Absolutely no problems with the vaccine. I did have chicken pox as a child. I have known several people who got shingles and that is a pain that I do not want. If it prevents a case of the shingles then it is well worth getting.


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I got the shingles vaccination today, thanks to this thread. It didn't hurt that a friend had shingles a couple of weeks ago. He had gotten his vaccination prior and had a fairly mild case.
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OP here. Thanks to everyone who replied. I got the vaccine a week ago and had no problems, not even any soreness.
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Wife & I have both had vaccine with no issues, her at about age 63, me younger.


I've seen too many people - parent, in-law, couple of friends - with shingles & its effects to not get the shot. Even if vaccine only reduces the symptoms, worthwhile imo.


What I don't understand is why you wouldn't get the vaccine.
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Got the vaccine 4 months ago, a few months after turning 50, no adverse reactions and no shingles. My insurance would not pay for the vaccine until after the 50th birthday.

Had the chicken pox as an infant, several scars to show from it. Even if I contract shingles, if the vaccine lessens the impact then it will have been worth it.

I had a boss who contracted the shingles and he missed several weeks of work and he described it as a painful ordeal.
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My insurance would not pay for the vaccine until after the 50th birthday.
That seems to be a lower age than many insurance companies use, my last 2 carriers (Aetna and BCBS) only reimburse if >60.

What's the typical cost for the vaccine? Not sure I want to wait until I'm 60.
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Got mine at 57. The local Rite Aid pharmacy gave it to me and I had no issues. It was covered by insurance and I think it was around $250?
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That seems to be a lower age than many insurance companies use, my last 2 carriers (Aetna and BCBS) only reimburse if >60.
I also have Anthem/BCBS, though in Ohio, and when I went in for the usual checkup this year I got the shingles vaccine.

No additional charge and I'm 53...
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Got mine at 57. The local Rite Aid pharmacy gave it to me and I had no issues. It was covered by insurance and I think it was around $250?

Yes mine was around $250 also.


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That seems to be a lower age than many insurance companies use, my last 2 carriers (Aetna and BCBS) only reimburse if >60.

What's the typical cost for the vaccine? Not sure I want to wait until I'm 60.
I have Tricare Retiree for insurance and for them the minimum age is 50. Not sure what the vaccine costs as it was administered to me at a military medical treatment facility so I did not see a bill.
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