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Old 02-12-2018, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Doesn't insurance cover it? They covered the old one, as long as you were age 50 or older. It's a lot cheaper to pay for that than the often complicated care required for Shingles.
Yes, even though Shingrix is a new vaccine, insurance companies are covering it. It’s important to check first though. I had my first Shingrix shot today and will have the booster in 2-3 months, and will pay the same co-pay for the second dose.

The retail price here for a single dose is $140 and I paid $16 co-pay, so excellent brand name coverage. I used my insurance company’s online estimator for the co-pay so there’d be no surprises at the pharmacy.

The pharmacist confirmed what I had read online that the effectiveness rate for Shingrix is much higher than Zostavax at about 90%.

 
Old 02-12-2018, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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News: the Shingrix $160 or so self-pay price people here are quoting is PER SHOT, but you need two shots. I called around today to get the pharmacy price.

Walmart: $167.12 x 2 = $334.24
Costco: $156.00 x 2 = $312.00

I specifically confirmed each shot is a separate price.
Ouch

Still less than the new espresso machine I just ordered to replace the one that died on me.
 
Old 02-12-2018, 06:16 PM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Doesn't insurance cover it? They covered the old one, as long as you were age 50 or older. It's a lot cheaper to pay for that than the often complicated care required for Shingles.
NOPE at least not in AZ if you're on any kind of Medicare or Medicare Advantage plan. As I said before, tier 3 $140 per shot.
Funny thing, the Tetanus booster is Tier 3 $75 as well.
 
Old 02-13-2018, 05:56 AM
 
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Shingles is not contagious. It is only contagious for those who haven't had chicken pox and then ONLY if that person touches the oozing rash. Once the rash crusts over it is not contagious, PERIOD. Shingles is not an air borne disease.

If you have had chicken pox yourself, you can tough the rash and you aren't going to catch shingles, or chicken pox AGAIN. Geesch. Maybe you need to talk to a doctor about this.

Edit: Yes, I have touched my husband's and SIL's (32 year old) shingles rash and I did not catch shingles.
I said contact contagious, I never said or implied it was airborne.
 
Old 02-13-2018, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I said contact contagious, I never said or implied it was airborne.
Jo48 is correct.

Unless you have not had chickenpox or not been vaccinated against it you cannot get the virus by contact with someone with shingles.

If you have never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, then you can get the virus by contact with someone with shingles; however, if you do you will have chickenpox, not shingles.

You have to have previously had chickenpox in order to get shingles.
 
Old 02-13-2018, 10:26 AM
 
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Jo48 is correct.

Unless you have not had chickenpox or not been vaccinated against it you cannot get the virus by contact with someone with shingles.

If you have never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, then you can get the virus by contact with someone with shingles; however, if you do you will have chickenpox, not shingles.

You have to have previously had chickenpox in order to get shingles.
Well, when our patients have an acute outbreak, they go on isolation. I worked with another OT in another nursing home who got it. Again, not taking chances, many of our residents who get it are touched and bathed and dressed before they are even diagnosed let alone no longer contagious. Plenty of people get it, so I don't think it's as unlikely as many here seem to believe.
 
Old 02-13-2018, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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For official info about shingles transmission concerns, here’s the CDC link for shingles: https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html
 
Old 02-13-2018, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Well, when our patients have an acute outbreak, they go on isolation. I worked with another OT in another nursing home who got it. Again, not taking chances, many of our residents who get it are touched and bathed and dressed before they are even diagnosed let alone no longer contagious. Plenty of people get it, so I don't think it's as unlikely as many here seem to believe.
If the other OT got shingles she did not catch it from anyone. She got it because she had had chickenpox, the virus was latent in her nervous system, and it reactivated.

You can catch chickenpox from someone with shingles. You cannot catch shingles from someone with shingles.
 
Old 02-13-2018, 08:55 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer infectious.


Shingles | Transmission - How Spreads | Herpes Zoster | CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html
 
Old 02-14-2018, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters caused by shingles. A person with active shingles can spread the virus when the rash is in the blister-phase. A person is not infectious before the blisters appear. Once the rash has developed crusts, the person is no longer infectious.


Shingles | Transmission - How Spreads | Herpes Zoster | CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html
However, a susceptible person will develop chickenpox, not shingles. You do not "catch" shingles from someone else.
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