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Re: Would you consider the shingles vaccine?

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Yes - the new vacvine is 10x more effective than the first one. I have already had the first dose and am awaiting the second.  The pharmaceutical industry, in its infinite wisdom, has done such a good job of promoting the Shindrix vaccine, that they have RUN OUT of it.  Now, we have to wait until they make more.  My sis-in-law is a nurse practitioner and says,  "Get thee to your doc and get this much better vaccine, even if you had the original old version." 

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does Medicare cover this vaccine?
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yes, I have only had the first shingles vaccine some years ago and didn't know there was a second, more affective one.
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Yes, but the two injections are not covered by my Medicare part D plan. 

At Wal-Mart Pharmacy there is a waiting list and the cost for each shot is 

$162 which totals $324. Very expensive for a fixed income.

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Re: Would you consider the shingles vaccine?

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@NOTHAPPENINGwrote:

@GailL1wrote:

@NOTHAPPENINGwrote:

Merck Admits Shingles Vaccine Can Cause Eye Damage…and Shingles

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/merck-admits-shingles-vaccine-can-cause-eye-damage-...

 


That is about the OLD one, Zostavax.  

There is a new one called Shingrix and it is much, much better all the way around.

 

WebMD - New Shingles Vaccine

 

Of course, you or you and your doctor can make the decision.


Merck said the "old one" Zostavax was safe and many people caught Shingles from the (expensive) vaccine they pushed. Careful with the new one also, since Merck obviously doesn't care about the reactions. BTW, I am a Merck stockholder and I wrote them (then) CEO (Richard Clark) a letter about the reactions - no answer!


Yes, Zostavax was not completely effective but sometimes it was the result of how it was given.  Zostavax was a live vaccine and thus had to be stored at a specific temp in refrig. and then given when it reached a specific temp.  It was also suppose to be given sub-Q.  Many places did not give it correctly and of course, most patients didn't know the difference.

 

Shingrix, the new shingles vaccine, is not a live virus and has been shown to be much more effective.

 

Shringrix is not made by Merck, it is make by GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company.

* * * * It's Always Something . . . Roseanne Roseannadanna
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@GailL1wrote:

@NOTHAPPENINGwrote:

Merck Admits Shingles Vaccine Can Cause Eye Damage…and Shingles

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/merck-admits-shingles-vaccine-can-cause-eye-damage-...

 


That is about the OLD one, Zostavax.  

There is a new one called Shingrix and it is much, much better all the way around.

 

WebMD - New Shingles Vaccine

 

Of course, you or you and your doctor can make the decision.


Merck said the "old one" Zostavax was safe and many people caught Shingles from the (expensive) vaccine they pushed. Careful with the new one also, since Merck obviously doesn't care about the reactions. BTW, I am a Merck stockholder and I wrote them (then) CEO (Richard Clark) a letter about the reactions - no answer!

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@NOTHAPPENINGwrote:

Merck Admits Shingles Vaccine Can Cause Eye Damage…and Shingles

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/merck-admits-shingles-vaccine-can-cause-eye-damage-...

 


That is about the OLD one, Zostavax.  

There is a new one called Shingrix and it is much, much better all the way around.

 

WebMD - New Shingles Vaccine

 

Of course, you or you and your doctor can make the decision.

* * * * It's Always Something . . . Roseanne Roseannadanna
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Merck Admits Shingles Vaccine Can Cause Eye Damage…and Shingles

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/merck-admits-shingles-vaccine-can-cause-eye-damage-...

 

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Re: Would you consider the shingles vaccine?

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No, because I had shingles and it wasn't nearly as bad as depicted on TV.  The rash itched more than hurt, so I scratched it.  The worst part was muscle ache under the rash.  The TV commercials fail to mention the muscle aches.

 

Incidentally, I got shingles while I was out of vitamin C for a week and waiting to receive a mail order.  I had been taking 9 g./day in divided doses, since being a teenager.  I strongly believe that it wasn't a coincidence. 

 

Google:

 

shingles "vitamin c"

 

 

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Yes..

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