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oma 03-23-2008 03:32 AM

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Originally Posted by TromboneAl (Post 531364)
Why is it only for those over 60?

Note that it only prevents shingles half the time.

I had the same question. I guess form the WEBMD article, the vaccine hasn't been studied in younger patients. Also, the length of immunity hasn't been studied - may be a waste of $$$ while possibly increasing risk of reaction (anaphylaxis).

As a 44 yo, I was tempted to have my imms nurse give it to me. However, I'm sure she'd object, so I'd have to give it myself, most likely. Will think about it.

Rambler 03-23-2008 04:40 AM

DW had shingles a few weeks back, and was in tremendous pain. Looking back though, as much pain as she had, it must have been a mild case with just a few splotches on her left front and rear trunk. I guy I knew had it all over, front and back, and the pain was apparently horrible. He was off work for months with the pain...finally came back part time and promptly left. He said that his doc told him stress was often a trigger (certainly was in his case), and DWs doc asked her what kind of stress she had been having.

Sounds to me like a good reason to RE!;D

Caroline 03-24-2008 11:24 AM

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As a 44 yo, I was tempted to have my imms nurse give it to me. However, I'm sure she'd object, so I'd have to give it myself, most likely. Will think about it.
I asked for this last month when I was still only 50 yrs old (sigh) and my Dr. prescribed, no problem. Worth asking for -- all they can do is say no.

W2R 03-24-2008 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Rambler (Post 632655)
guy I knew had it all over, front and back, and the pain was apparently horrible. He was off work for months with the pain...finally came back part time and promptly left. He said that his doc told him stress was often a trigger (certainly was in his case), and DWs doc asked her what kind of stress she had been having.

My brother got a bad case of shingles last fall after our mother died. He was very close to her and took her death pretty hard. Then he had to dispose of her things and serve as executor for her estate. All in all, it makes sense that stress might have caused his shingles! It was on his back, and he has been miserable with it for months, poor guy.

I had shingles when I was seven, the year after I had chickenpox. I was not stressed, nor was I miserable. I was just a kid in second grade! I remember hating the lotion my mother kept painting on my shingles, since I thought it worsened the itching and pain.

mickeyd 03-24-2008 01:05 PM

My received the vaccine a few months ago. I mother suffered with shingles for the last 15 years of her life. Very uncomfortable and often painful.

Walt34 03-24-2008 06:11 PM

DW had it a couple of years ago, very painful. Key, we found, was early treatment. If you even think you might maybe possibly have it SPRINT to your Dr.'s office and camp there until he/she sees you.

If stress was the trigger it was her dad getting an artificial hip because it was right about that time.

Stevewc 03-24-2008 06:41 PM

Shingles vaccine
 
Hello Group,
Do you have to be 60 years old? A man I worked with just got over a severe case of shingles. After seeing him suffer I know I don't want it. Can a 55 years old get the dose?
Thanks for info,
Steve

Brat 03-24-2008 09:13 PM

Odds are the health care system is focusing the vaccine on the population most at risk.

My DH was a part of the research study, the VA was the group who tested it in our area. He got shingles during the study (mild case). It turned out that he got the placebo and at the end of the study received the vaccine. As a result of his participation he will receive treatment for shingles for the rest of his life (likely follow-up to the study).

JB 03-25-2008 12:44 AM

Strange that it's only FDA approved for people over 60. I've seen many people suffer (some in their 20s and 30s), and I'd definitely get the vaccine if it significantly reduced my chances of getting it. But I doubt my HMO would give it off-label.

Red Rover 03-26-2008 08:44 PM

Last summer my mom had shingles in and around her eyes. She said she was hoping she would die so the pain would stop. It was the most painful thing she's ever been through and she has been through a lot. I'm going to suggest she have this vaccine. I wouldn't wish what she went through on my worst enemy.

loosechickens 03-30-2008 02:22 PM

You only need to observe one family member or friend with shingles to make you willing to pay for the vaccine. I got mine at the Public Health department, paid $196 for it (Medicare doesn't cover it, go figure, considering what Medicare is probably having to shell out for cases of shingles.....our gov.....pennywise and pound foolish).

I had no side effects, even the shot site wasn't tender. I'd definitely recommend getting it. The CDC recommends it for everyone over 60. I don't know why it isn't more publicized.

LooseChickens

OldGuy 03-30-2008 04:34 PM

LooseChickens is spot on. Having watched FIL suffer for 3+ years with the after-effects of a bad bout of shingles, my PCP absolutely agreed that I should get the vaccine as soon as I turned 60. Our health care plan covered the cost (~$180), but it would have been worth every penny even if they hadn't covered it. A lot of plans are getting wise to this preventative measure and starting to cover it.

SlowTwitcher 03-30-2008 06:02 PM

In my area I have seen that Medicare Part D prescription plans have paid
for the vaccine with about a thirty dollar copay. Most other Rx insurance
plans have not paid for and retail cost is about $200-$220.

travelover 03-30-2008 06:48 PM

Update
 
When I started this thread last June, my brother was just recovering from his initial bout with shingles. It left him with a droopy eyelid and he recently had that fixed for $22K, covered by his insurance. His vision is still not 100% in the one eye most affected.

The one mistake that he made was not getting immediate medical attention - he waited a day or so. A hard lesson to learn - we are all older and less bullet proof now, so we need to seek medical attention more readily.

redduck 03-30-2008 11:02 PM

I got my shingles shot just this last Friday. My doc had been recommending it for about a year. This thread convinced me. This thread is a lot scarier than my doc. My shot cost $250. I'm sure that's on the high end. I'll see if my insurance company will kick in. But, in any case, I believe (hope) it was well worth the money. So, if you folks are looking for a deal, you will easily beat my cost and maybe that will be incentive enough to get the shot.


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