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Thanks, AARPLynn,

Yes, some stuff does get by me - this is good to know for several reasons

 

From your link:

 GlaxoSmithKline said the price of its shingles vaccine, called Shingrix, will be $280 for the required two shots. Merck & Co.'s one-shot Zostavax costs $223. Most insurance plans cover it.

 

Now that there is competition - perhaps the price will come down but since it seems the new one is better (?) the price for this one might stay high or go higher if the demand is there.

 

I don't think this new vaccine would have ever been developed except for the money which Merck reportedly made off Zostavax especially since Medicare promoted it as well as the CDC.

 

. . . . and it has a better (?) efficacy rate than Zostavax -

 

Zostavax reduced the incidence of herpes zoster by 70% in 50–59-year-olds, by 64% in 60–69-year-olds and by 38% in people aged 70 and older in its pivotal trials. Shingrix vaccine provided 97% protection against herpes zoster in patients aged 50 years and over.

 

The new one (Shingrix) ia also a non-live, recombinant subunit vaccine.  This differs from Zostavax which is a live vaccine and where prep and injection route by the pharmacy giving it is imperative.  That's the reason my doc would not give me an Rx - he said for these specification, he wanted to make sure it was given correctly so I had it in his office.  Zostavax was given subcutaneously, Shingrix is give intramuscular.

 

This sounds great all the way around -

 

Thanks for the heads up.

 

 

 

 

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@GailL1 - Yes, my PPO insurance paid 100% for shingles vaccine, and it is expensive. Now it happens that my MA HMO plan has it listed as a tier 3 on their formulary, but it isn't covered by regular Medicare alone. That seems odd since shingles is typically seen in people over 60. However, my husband had a shingles outbreak at 50-ish, and he's always been a healthy guy and an avid runner.

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Hello @GailL1, you make a good point and after reading your post I edited the OP to specify that this is a new vaccine. Indeed, this is the second shingles vaccine on the market. The article, FDA Approves New Vaccine Against Painful Shingles, talks about this being a "...a new, more effective vaccine..." 

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Had my shingles vaccine shortly after they started giving them a couple of years ago. I’m almost certain my private insurance paid for it since I wasn’t Medicare age yet. I was diagnosed with the shingles about 17 years ago. Rash on the side of my chest that extended around to my back and my ribs were very very tender for a couple of weeks. Don’t remember what kind of prescriptions I was prescribed but I know there was no such thing as a shingles vaccine back then.

 

I’m a believer in vaccines. Just had my flu shot (high dose for those over 65) today and my Pneumovax23 (for 65years or older) last week. Health department told me this Pneumovax23 shot should be the last Pneumococcal shot I ever need. It’ll take me to my grave.  

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The FDA recently approved a shingles vaccine. Would you consider being vaccinated for shingles?


Recently?  Seems like I got mine several years ago and yes, I did it because I have seen others suffer with shingles.

 

I have gotten ALL my immunizations - believe in them, not just for myself but the protection of others.

 

Got ALL (2) of my pneumonia immunizations that protect me from many different strains. Also got a complete Tdap because my last grand child was coming into the world.

 

BTW, MaVolta - Medicare Part D covers part of the cost of the shingles vaccine.

But I do believe that is one of the reason more seniors don't get it is because of the cost since it is rather pricey.  

 

I filed an appeal with my "other" insurer because I had to get the shingle immunization in my doctors office instead of a pharmacy.  I paid for it out of pocket but after a year of back and forth during the appeal process, they finally reimbursed me for the whole thing.  But it was just one of those things that you just had to fight for and have all kinds of documentation.

 

I don't know how much the shingles vaccine runs today under the different insurers.  But MaVolta is right - since the CDC recommends it at 60 - people could get it under their health coverage before going on Medicare, might cover more of the cost that way.

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Well, I'm a few years shy of 60, so it isn't something that's particularly recommended for me yet, but I'm with @ASTRAEA on this one. I think as long as my health and lifestyle* holds, I'll not get the vaccine (or flu shot). Later, say, when I'm 85 and perhaps beginning to become frail and therefore live in a condo or apt, well, that might be another thing altogether.

 

 * No contact with children, very little contact with the public, super healthy with muscular, athletic build, so minimal risk of either getting or transmitting flu or shingles.

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No, not any more than I would get the flu vaccine; rather take my chances.


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Yes, and in fact I received the vaccine last year. I had chickenpox as a child. My mother had shingles and it was a horrible experience. I asked my doctor about the vaccine, and she agreed that I should have it, and to do it before I changed over to Medicare because Medicare would not pay for it. 

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The FDA recently approved a [new] shingles vaccine. Would you consider being vaccinated for shingles?

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