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Old 08-15-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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Well, I'm still having trouble identifying myself as a "senior" at 64, but that old lady in the mirror sure looks like one!

So I guess I should update my immunizations, something I haven't thought about since I had shots to go to Africa back in the 80s.

With all the conflicting information out there on WHAT shots to get, I'd like some advice on the latest recommendations as you know them, either from what your doctor suggested or what you were told by another health-care professional. (I really don't want to get into the whole "vaccines-are-toxic" discussion unless there are specific reasons NOT to get the shot in question at my age and state of health, which is very good.)

This is the list I've put together so far before I ask my doctor about what I should get:

1. Pneumonia
2. Shingles
3. Hep A and B
4. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Whooping Cough

Any input would be welcome. Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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I have had all those-I am 69. The pneumonia vacc has to be given again in 5 yrs. Also annual flu shots.

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Old 08-15-2011, 11:07 PM
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Location: Way beyond the black stump.
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61, never had any vacs except the last one T/D/W {when I was a kid, as all kids did back then, well here anyway}, oh, and the polio one as a kid as well.

Don't ever intend to get any either as I don't see a need to get a vac just for the sake of getting one. I'm healthy, I consume something outside of mainstream every morning, and as a consequence I don't believe I have a need to line up for whatever vac is in vogue, or suggested/recommended.

Father in law finished up with Altzeimers in his late 70's, got his yealy flu jab, and died with a cold or flu that week. FWIW.

Personal choice I guess, each to his/her own. Individuals do whatever they consider is necessary or prudent, but shouldn't do it just because everyone else does, the doctor recommends it, or believes everything that appears in the media.

No argument here, just know my own mind and base my health related decisions accordingly. I ain't gunna live forever, so I'd sooner die as a result of my own decisions rather than someone elses.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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Don't ever intend to get any either as I don't see a need to get a vac just for the sake of getting one.
I agree that some vaccinations might be viewed as elective, but NOT TETANUS -- especially if you're someone like me with thinning skin and an outdoor/farming lifestyle:

Tetanus, sometimes called lockjaw, is a rare disease caused by a bacterium known as Clostridium tetani. A toxin produced by the bacteria affects the function of the nerves and leads to severe muscle spasms in the abdomen, neck, stomach, and extremities. Moderator cut: can only quote 1-2 sentences and give link
Tetanus tips on MedicineNet.com

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Old 08-16-2011, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I have had all those-I am 69. The pneumonia vacc has to be given again in 5 yrs. Also annual flu shots.

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Most people will not need a pneumonia booster. See here:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/sch...t-schedule.pdf

8. Revaccination with PPSV
One-time revaccination after 5 years is recommended for persons aged 19 through 64 years with chronic renal failure or nephrotic syndrome; functional or anatomic asplenia (e.g., sickle cell disease or splenectomy); and for persons with immunocompromising conditions. For persons aged 65 years and older, one-time revaccination is recommended if they were vaccinated 5 or more years previously and were aged less than 65 years at the time of primary vaccination.

The link also includes info on all the adult vaccines.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:26 PM
 
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Since many get it prior to 65, there are a lot of us getting a 2nd one.

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Old 08-16-2011, 05:10 PM
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I agree that some vaccinations might be viewed as elective, but NOT TETANUS -- especially if you're someone like me with thinning skin and an outdoor/farming lifestyle:

Tetanus, sometimes called lockjaw, is a rare disease caused by a bacterium known as Clostridium tetani. A toxin produced by the bacteria affects the function of the nerves and leads to severe muscle spasms in the abdomen, neck, stomach, and extremities. Moderator cut: can only quote 1-2 sentences and give link
Tetanus tips on MedicineNet.com
Fair enough. Whatever preventative one thinks best. I believe they're every 3 or 5 years too aren't they?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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There's a history of shingles in my family and I want to get the shingles vaccine, but so far I have been unable to get my insurer to pay for it. Can you imagine any company would rather shell out for shingles TREATMENT, rather than shingles immunization? I'll get it even if I have to pay myself, but I have yet to find a shot for less than $200. Even at Costco.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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There's a history of shingles in my family and I want to get the shingles vaccine, but so far I have been unable to get my insurer to pay for it. Can you imagine any company would rather shell out for shingles TREATMENT, rather than shingles immunization? I'll get it even if I have to pay myself, but I have yet to find a shot for less than $200. Even at Costco.
How old are you?

Shingles is not really something that runs in families.

The vaccine is recommended if you are over age 60. The risk of getting shingles starts to increase after age 50. If you are under 50, it's probably OK to wait.

There is now a rebate program for people with private insurance.

See here:

Zostavax | Terms and Conditions

Also, make sure the vaccine is not covered under the major medical portion of your insurance rather than the pharmacy plan. I had to get mine in the doctor's office. he did not stock it routinely, but he ordered it from a local pharmacy and I went to the office to receive it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:06 AM
 
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Reps to you, suzy! Thanks so much for this info!
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