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Getting the Shingles Vaccine
vaccines appear to be up to date," said the doctor at my
checkup. "You might want to get a shingles vaccine. Anyone
over the age of 60 needs it."
He wrote a prescription for zoster vaccine. "Get it at a
drugstore or clinic. It is cheaper than what we charge
Being a dutiful patient who always tries to do what the doctor
recommends, I took my prescription to the pharmacy and asked for
the vaccine. The pharmacist looked over her glasses. "Your
insurance does not cover this."
How much can it cost? A flu shot is $25 so it is probably about
Click, click, click went the computer. "The cost is
"$300? Are you kidding me? Forget it!"
I wasn't even sure what shingles is. I thought shingles were
those things on the roof of a house. However, searching online,
I found that it is also a disease that creates painful blisters
on the skin. It is related to chicken pox, or chicken pops, as
my kids used to call it.
Chicken pox is a contiguous disease that 99% of older adults had
in kindergarten. A vaccine was invented in 1995, so children now
don't have to suffer through the itchy red bumps. The virus that
causes chicken pox is inactive in your body until something
causes it to flare up in later life. It returns as shingles.
I also picked up another tidbit of information online, the
vaccine is covered by Medicare D. "I will just cross my
fingers and hope for the best until I'm old enough for
Fast forward a few years. I am now covered by Medicare, but keep
putting off getting the vaccine. Finally, I decided that today
is the day.
I went to the Minute Clinic at the local drugstore. There were
three people ahead of me. The wait time was an hour and a half.
If I had known that, I wouldn't have come. But as long as I'm
here, I might as well get it done. I've put it off too long
already. Sooner or later my luck is going to run out.
So, I shopped to kill time. Sometimes I think they make you wait
just to get you to buy stuff. Soda was on sale and I found a few
other things, managing to resist the 75% off sale on candy. I
had been up and down the aisles so many times the wheels on the
shopping cart were wearing out.
Finally, it was my turn.
"What do you need today?" asked the nurse.
"A shingles shot."
"We don't give it here. You get that at the
"I waited an hour and a half and you don't
give it?" I had asked at the pharmacy before waiting and
hour and a half, but apparently, I didn't make it clear that I
was not just asking for the fun of it, I wanted a shot.
Everyone was sorry that I had waited so long for
nothing. I was sorry too.
Anyhow, I got the shot from the pharmacist and
that was that. "Your arm may be sore, and you might feel a
bit under the weather tomorrow. This is a live vaccine."
They gave me a 20% off coupon for getting the shot which I used
on the shopping cart of junk I didn't need.
I'm home now and feeling fine so far.
By the way, I found out online that the vaccine is only 50%
effective. I guess that even after all this, after making a
drugstore my home-away-from-home, after shopping till the tires
on the buggy blew out, after being the poster child for
patience, I still need to keep my fingers crossed.
The odds I will still get shingles are as good as the odds I
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