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Old Sep 25th 2020, 5:11 pm
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DH and I got our flu shots last week at the pharmacy we always go to. Free with health insurance. DH had no side effects, I only had a small bruise at the injection site. I got the pneumonia shot earlier this year, as I had pneumonia about 3 years ago.
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Apparently the shingles shot is not trivial, at least cost-wise - $200 a pop, perhaps? Costco do it apparently so I may arrange for that. I had Shingles when I was about 40 and it really sucked! Probably the most serious illness I've ever experienced (which means, I have a lot to be thankful for!). I was under an amazing amount of stress at work back then, and drank like a fish, didn't exercise, didn't eat well ... a walking disaster. I'm not terribly concerned about getting it again, but I was inspired by the article LIW posted regarding the more 'general' benefit of various vaccinations (which is why I posted about my flu shot in the Coronavirus thread).

I foolishly opted for one of those 'short term' insurance policies this year, as they were considerably cheaper than the ACA offering, but - NO preventive elements at all (no shots, no check ups, no nothing) and no pre-existing conditions covered, and a lifetime cap of $1m. If I'd have known about Covid-19, I would have chosen differently but I'm stuck for this year. Next year I'll see what's available.
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Apparently the shingles shot is not trivial, at least cost-wise - $200 a pop, perhaps? Costco do it apparently so I may arrange for that. I had Shingles when I was about 40 and it really sucked! Probably the most serious illness I've ever experienced (which means, I have a lot to be thankful for!). I was under an amazing amount of stress at work back then, and drank like a fish, didn't exercise, didn't eat well ... a walking disaster. I'm not terribly concerned about getting it again, but I was inspired by the article LIW posted regarding the more 'general' benefit of various vaccinations (which is why I posted about my flu shot in the Coronavirus thread).

I foolishly opted for one of those 'short term' insurance policies this year, as they were considerably cheaper than the ACA offering, but - NO preventive elements at all (no shots, no check ups, no nothing) and no pre-existing conditions covered, and a lifetime cap of $1m. If I'd have known about Covid-19, I would have chosen differently but I'm stuck for this year. Next year I'll see what's available.
I plan to get the singles vaccine the day I turn 50, and I hope I don't get it in my 40's, I do not want to experience it. Seeing how it affected my mom this year, and she still has some lingering affects months later.

I'd get it now if I could but apparently its not all that effective in people my age.

Zostavax runs about $200 a dose in BC and Shingrix runs $150 a dose, average cost, can vary a bit depending on pharmacy or clinic.

Shingrix apparently reduces risk by 90%, seems to be the one they push here the most.
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I'm getting mine 1st October, they are coming to the apartment door, where I will go with my arm ready, will be injected and that's it. Had my pneumonia last year..
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I'm getting mine 1st October, they are coming to the apartment door, where I will go with my arm ready, will be injected and that's it. Had my pneumonia last year..
Is the pneumonia shot something you don't get/need every year?
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Is the pneumonia shot something you don't get/need every year?
Every five years for me but I think how often might be age/health related
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Every five years for me but I think how often might be age/health related
Apparently there are now two kinds of shot, just to complicate things further.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/...a-201503197813
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Apparently there are now two kinds of shot
I have two arms so why not one in each? Alternate for the regular flu shot of course.
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Every five years for me but I think how often might be age/health related
Over 65 is now once a year so we were told
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I can remember in Spain seeing lots of oldies getting jabbed at the village medical centre - the throughput was astonishing - maybe one per minute.

In the UK you don't buy a vaccine at the pharmacy you are actually jabbed there.
Yes you are right when we have gone to get our jab the waiting room is full and people are waiting outside and we think to ourselves we are going to be here a while.How the locals know i just do not know all of a sudden their coats jumpers start to come off ,then a name gets called and another then another.hey presto 10 minutes and you are in the village bar with a beer,it's very amusing, and there are no grumps everyone smiles and laughs walking up the road putting there jumpers and coats on.This year i am sure it will be very different we shall have to wait and see
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...It is definitely not a myth. I spent about 14 years administrating flu shots and we often had people with quite sever local reactions at the shot site with red hot to touch swollen area for a few days and also some with the same symptoms you described.

The side effects have lessened a lot though from early days of flu shots which is a good thing. But even now with minor symptoms and discomfort it is well worth having. The real flu is certainly not something anyone needs to put up with especially this year!
Yes - I'm completely wrong and happy to say so.

This from the NHS

Flu vaccine side effects

Flu vaccines are very safe. Most side effects are mild and only last for a day or so, such as:
  • slightly raised temperature
  • muscle aches
  • sore arm where the needle went in – this is more likely to happen with the vaccine for people aged 65 and over
Doesn't happen to me - and it can't give you the flu which is believed by some.
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Yes - I'm completely wrong and happy to say so.

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Doesn't happen to me - and it can't give you the flu which is believed by some.
Doesn't give you the flu, that's true. Doesn't necessarily give full protection either! In fact it is a 'pyramid' protection with some getting complete protection then on a percentage basis down to those who get next to no protection.
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Doesn't give you the flu, that's true. Doesn't necessarily give full protection either! In fact it is a 'pyramid' protection with some getting complete protection then on a percentage basis down to those who get next to no protection.
Yes - I don't suppose any vaccine (or indeed any medical treatment) is 100%.

Hopefully there is a measure of herd immunity conferred on those who aren't protected by those who are.
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Doesn't give you the flu, that's true. Doesn't necessarily give full protection either! In fact it is a 'pyramid' protection with some getting complete protection then on a percentage basis down to those who get next to no protection.
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Yes - I don't suppose any vaccine (or indeed any medical treatment) is 100%.

Hopefully there is a measure of herd immunity conferred on those who aren't protected by those who are.
It only protects you from certain strains of flu that are predicted to be the strains that will be prevelant during the years flu season. Unfortunately sometimes it doesn't always work well. But some protection is certainly better than none.
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We are getting ours the first week of October so we can have our pneumonia shot at the same time. Medicare covers pneumonia annually and M got his in October last year so the pharmacy told us to wait until October this year. This will be my first pneumonia shot now i am at the magical 65th year of my life!
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I have two arms so why not one in each? Alternate for the regular flu shot of course.
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Over 65 is now once a year so we were told
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Is the pneumonia shot something you don't get/need every year?
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Every five years for me but I think how often might be age/health related

You can get 2 Pneumonia shots PCV13 and PPSV23. Both shots are for life, they don’t need to be repeated. They do not protect you from all strains of pneumonia. Unfortunately it doesn’t protect against the type of pneumonia I am susceptible to.

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