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Old 01-10-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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have a good friend thats come down with a bad case of shingles . hes 55. told me to go get the vaccine. you never want this! he said. anyone on the g.s. had the vaccine? thanks
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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Chicken pox?
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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had the shingles last year, I'm 62 and its the worst I've ever hurt....

get the shot
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:18 PM   #4
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Chicken pox?
It's caused by the same virus as chicken pox. It can stay dormant for years or forever.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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I would highly suggest getting the vaccine. I am a pharmacist. I have never had shingles but the vaccine is essentially the same as what kids get at 1 year and later as a booster shot. The varicella virus lies dormant in nerve cells and re-activates with periods of stress and when immunity wanes (as we all get older). So, the bottom line is that if cost is not an issue then you should get it. There is no down-side to boosting your immunity against this painful viral infection. My professional two cents.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:24 PM   #6
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I've had the shot. Nothing to it. There is no ggod case of the shingles. Take the shot.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:37 PM   #7
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I have to agree with TCooper93. Strongly recommended. I've had it 4 times and it hurts like hell!
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #8
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My employer pays for all the old employees (50+) in the company to get the shingles vacination. Same time as the free flu shot.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #9
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thanks all, after seeing him in that kind of pain im going for it!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:23 PM   #10
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You convinced me, I'm going to get the shot.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:34 PM   #11
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I got the shingles at 45 years old for the 1st time (a year ago) and they hurt pretty good. I'd get the shot if I was you.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:41 PM   #12
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Last year my doctor suggested I get a shingles vaccine - most expensive and sorest **** shot I've ever had. I should be shingles free . . .
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:45 PM   #13
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I'm 28 and had shingles in November. I've broke bones, ruptured spleen ect. Nothing like the shingles.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:58 PM   #14
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My wife got shingles two weeks before our wedding, at age 27. Her dad got shingles on his brain and almost died from it. Luckily, I never got chicken pox, so I don't need the shot.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:11 PM   #15
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My wife got shingles two weeks before our wedding, at age 27. Her dad got shingles on his brain and almost died from it. Luckily, I never got chicken pox, so I don't need the shot.
ON HIS BRAIN!
I never thought about that. I had it when I was 30 and never want to get it again. I think I'll look into gwtting the shot.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:14 PM   #16
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I saw what my brother went through, I got the shot!
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #17
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Yep, he is now in medical journals. He had to relearn how to talk, swallow and lost some dexterity. It was a bad deal.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:54 AM   #18
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my wife just mentioned this morning. We're both going to get it.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:06 AM   #19
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My daughter got them a few years ago on her back and side..she was 14 at the time. She had a very mild case but they were still horribly painful...she cried and cried. It was awful.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:20 AM   #20
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OK OK, you've all talked me into getting this. I had chicken pox as a kid, am knocking on 60's door, so it sounds like this would be a good thing for me to get.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:45 AM   #21
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i am in my mid 50's..I contracted shingles in Nov..it was so painful, it presented itself on my left thigh from my pants pocket to my knee..I still feel the nerve endings on fire from time to time and I just got the booster shot the other day..I wouldnt wish shingles on anyone I know..pure pain
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:13 AM   #22
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Didn't realize how many old farts were on this forum!

Thanks for the reminder. I'm 50. My sister got it last year (54). Need to make an appointment.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:31 AM   #23
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Good thread here...i didn't even know that there was a vacine for the shingles.

Had them once...it was incredibly painful.


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Old 01-11-2013, 06:52 AM   #24
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Guess I will have to look into this one, I avoid the annual flu shots as all my friends that get them end up sicker than a dog.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:10 AM   #25
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I just got the vaccine a couple of weeks ago and nothing to it. I had no ill effects from it. Just do it.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:12 AM   #26
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My supervisor has it right now and has been really sick for the past two weeks. She says it is really bad.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:31 AM   #27
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Man, y'all dun skeer'd me inta gittin' tha shot. I think I'm skeer'der of gittin tha shangles than a little bitty ol' needle...

Seriously, though, I had an uncle that died from the shingles many years ago. I was just a kid. Back then, they really didn't have very good treatment back then. Old folks always said that if the sores go all the way around your body, it will kill you. That's exactly what happened to my uncle. The man was in sheer misery and swolen so bad all over that you could hardly recognize him.

I got a prescription from my dr. for it, but at the time my daughter was pregnant with my 2nd grandbaby, and they say that pregnant women or anyone who will be around pregnant women or very small babies should not get the vaccine. Apparently there is a chance of infection of the infant by contact with someone who has recently had the vaccine. My grandson is 2 months old now, so I can now go get that dad-gum shot... I HATE needles almost as bad as I hate cows!
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:44 AM   #28
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I had it earlier this year.. new job, moved, new baby on the way.... I had it in the left side of my face. The best part was when the pain would spike, and it felt like someone was driving a nail through my eye into the back of my eye.... It would wake me up out of a dead sleep. fortunatley I went to the dr early on, and they gave me some type of nerve pain medicine, as well as some other medicine to minimze the impact of it.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:24 AM   #29
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definitely get the vaccine! I've seen a lot of cases, it's not pretty...
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:01 AM   #30
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Guess I will have to look into this one, I avoid the annual flu shots as all my friends that get them end up sicker than a dog.
There is no chance of getting the flu from the flu shot...zero. The flu vaccine is not a live virus vaccine. If people say they got sick after it then it is some other virus and it happened as a coincidence. This is a popular misconception and excuse from people that don't like needles...LOL. I don't like them much either!
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:45 AM   #31
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I have been thinking about getting the shot for a while now (Im 56) and after reading this thread no dought I will be on my way to get mine here shortly
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:32 AM   #32
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I just came back frtom getting the flu shot it cost $48.00. Luckily my insurance covered it.....100%.

While i was there i asked about the shingles vacine. The cost for the shingles vacine is $250.00. With my insurance the co-pay would be 82.00....it ain't cheap.



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