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Re: Shingles shot...anyone get it?

Our insurance covers this as a  tier 4 drug so the copay for this year is $95. 

I have a pretty severe reaction to latex and the pharmacist at walgreens would not give me the shingles shot because of that. I asked my doctor about it and he does not recommend getting this shot because of it's low effectiveness, so I did not get it. I hope i'm not sorry. Now a days there are such good antivirals if you do get shingles.

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I got it about 6months ago. I had redness, some swelling and itching for about a week. I used cortisone cream for the itch and Benadryl for the reaction. Despite the  reaction I would do it again in a heartbeat rather than suffer with a full blown case of shingles.


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Re: Shingles shot...anyone get it?

i did have the shot last year, and i did not have any problems or reactions.  good luck. 

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Re: Shingles shot...anyone get it?

I got it last year, only because my daughter-in-law got shingles at 26 years of age!!!!!!!  I figured if she could get it, so could I.  I was told it was only 50% effective, but I got it anyway.  No problems whatsoever with the injection.  I also got the pneumonia vaccine last year because for the first time in my life, at 66 years of age, I got pneumonia!

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Re: Shingles shot...anyone get it?

My husband and I both got the shot.  Neither one of us had ant adverse reaction.

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Our Dr. said we cannot get it until we are 60 due to what else? insurance not paying until then. My husband and I will get it then.

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Re: Shingles shot...anyone get it?

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@Shorty2U wrote:

Our Dr. said we cannot get it until we are 60 due to what else? insurance not paying until then. My husband and I will get it then.


As a person that had shingles before I was 60, I'd say it is well worth paying for the shot out of pocket.  Yes, it's expensive, but worth every cent.

 

Shingles was one of the most painful experiences I've had. Do not wait.

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Re: Shingles shot...anyone get it?


@muttmom wrote:

@Shorty2U wrote:

Our Dr. said we cannot get it until we are 60 due to what else? insurance not paying until then. My husband and I will get it then.


As a person that had shingles before I was 60, I'd say it is well worth paying for the shot out of pocket.  Yes, it's expensive, but worth every cent.

 

Shingles was one of the most painful experiences I've experienced. Do not wait.

 

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It was very painful!  I'll speak to my PCP next visit if I should have the shot or not.  Thanks for all the information on this thread! 


 

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I had just a little injection site redness & tiny bit of swelling.  i am glad I got it.

 

 My husband had shingles & it was so painful.  An acquaintance got it on her forehead, which can be terrible as eyes can be involved.

 

better 50% (or whatever % may be) protected than nothing!

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Re: Shingles shot...anyone get it?


@Montana wrote:

 

I also had no reaction at all.  And I got a tetanus shot at the same time.  


I couldn't raise my arm for several months from a tetanus shot so I'm afraid to get the shingles shot.