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Old 09-05-2011, 07:35 AM
 
Location: In a house
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You're right. You need a different doctor.
...again. Just too many changes of doctors in too short a time period. I figure I'll just stick with this scam until they become totally intolerable, OR until my spouse retires and we move out of state (which should be in a few years).
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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Thanks, SuzyQ, for your additional information to AnonChick about this subject. It will be helpful for those our age who are "on the fence" about deciding to update their immunizations.

I'm lucky to have a PCP who's a DO and more interested in holistic health practices. I thought he would be unenthusiastic about vaccinations in general, what with all the negative press and associations we've all read about, but he encouraged me to get the Tdap, shingles, pneumonia, and Twinrix.

The county health department was out of the Tdap, so I'll be going in for those as soon as I hear they've received a new delivery.

For me, it's peace of mind JUST IN CASE. YMMV

P.S. AnonChick, you deserve better than how you're being treated as a real, live human patient, IMO. I'd be making an appointment with the Patient Relations person for your health carrier to outline your "concerns" and frustration with what they've put you through.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Thanks, SuzyQ, for your additional information to AnonChick about this subject. It will be helpful for those our age who are "on the fence" about deciding to update their immunizations.

I'm lucky to have a PCP who's a DO and more interested in holistic health practices. I thought he would be unenthusiastic about vaccinations in general, what with all the negative press and associations we've all read about, but he encouraged me to get the Tdap, shingles, pneumonia, and Twinrix.

The county health department was out of the Tdap, so I'll be going in for those as soon as I hear they've received a new delivery.

For me, it's peace of mind JUST IN CASE. YMMV

P.S. AnonChick, you deserve better than how you're being treated as a real, live human patient, IMO. I'd be making an appointment with the Patient Relations person for your health carrier to outline your "concerns" and frustration with what they've put you through.
Like I said, the Physicians' Assistants are pretty terrific, but they unfortunately don't stick around that long there so I usually end up seeing one I've never met. Fortunately, I'm *intimately* familiar with my own medical chart (seeing as how I had copies made and brought them to this group when I started going to them, and read every page first). So I know all the diagnoses, all the meds, my medical habits, what each ailment is, who said it was, what it was, which specialists I've gone to for each one and what did THEY say/do about it, etc. etc. etc.

In short - I know more about my medical history than most physicians would bother even asking about. So I'm not worried about anything, and it's not worth the effort to complain about it to Cigna. A physician is a provider of a service, just like any other service provider. If I don't like that one, there are thousands more I can go to.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I'm 61. I had shingles in Jul 2006. Not exactly my idea of fun... We were camping that weekend. Originally we thought we thought that they were insect bites. I've never had the flu shot. I got my tetanus/Hep B shots last week. I'm helping my step-son clean up what's left of his cabin.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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Walgreens:
Flu $32
Shingles $220
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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This morning I went to my County Health Department (which was nearly empty since the kids are all back in school) and received the Tdap, shingles, pneumonia, and Twinrix immunizations. Easy-peasy, no pain, no side effects so far...

The nurse dispensing the shots said the public may not be aware that, as stock of each type of vaccination nears the expiration date, the prices can be lowered for adults requesting those, in order to make room for new shipments and not let the in-house stock go to waste. In my case, the Twinrix was two months from its expiration date, so the nurse was able to knock $40 off the listed price.

Something to keep in mind if money is tight and you decide to go through your own county health department like I did. Now, if only that expensive shingles vaccine had been near the pull date...
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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This morning I went to my County Health Department (which was nearly empty since the kids are all back in school) and received the Tdap, shingles, pneumonia, and Twinrix immunizations. Easy-peasy, no pain, no side effects so far...

The nurse dispensing the shots said the public may not be aware that, as stock of each type of vaccination nears the expiration date, the prices can be lowered for adults requesting those, in order to make room for new shipments and not let the in-house stock go to waste. In my case, the Twinrix was two months from its expiration date, so the nurse was able to knock $40 off the listed price.

Something to keep in mind if money is tight and you decide to go through your own county health department like I did. Now, if only that expensive shingles vaccine had been near the pull date...
Good for you!

You did ask when the shingles vaccine was nearing the time to go on sale, didn't you?
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