It's fine, I know people go through this and more for routine care. It just seems silly for a no brainer vaccine.
This doesn't make sense to me, and usually if something doesn't make sense it's not right. ....
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I'm not all that happy that the pharmacist is going to be the one administering the shot. Not to offend anyone, but I doubt if they are giving shots too often...
So, with all this trouble, do I skip this???!!!
If I were you I would do it, especially since you have 2 family members who have already had shingles. I don't think they know why it affects some people but not others, but I would not take a chance with genetics. You could ask if you can take the vaccine back to the Dr to have the nurse administer it. But then, pharmacists administer the flu vaccine so I imagine that are competent.
Wish I could take my kid with me. I trust him to give it.
I won't whine. How bad can it be?
It not like they said here give these shots without teaching them.
However, once I accepted that I should have it, my doctor did advise me to check with my insurance company. I thought she said that not all insurance companies would cover it, in which case, it would be cheaper for me to have the shot at my local pharmacy. But I'm now wondering whether perhaps I misunderstood. Is it perhaps not the cost of the actual shot that is not always covered, but the cost of having the actual "procedure" done at a doctor's surgery? If pharmacies charge a lot less, or nothing, for administering injections, does your doctor's surgery perhaps routinely send healthy people to pharmacies for the shot, to save their patients a little money?
Unfortunately, I have to confess that, unlike you, Scaredykat, I am financially illiterate and I didn't actually check with my insurance company. So I don't know exactly what their policy is.
Medical insurance issues are still something of a mystery to me and our out-of-pocket expenses seem to be so high anyway that I tend simply to give up and pay up. I really must make the effort to get to grips with it all....
[This message edited by Cally60 at 11:59 AM, May 28th (Wednesday)]
I finally got the shingles shot, from the pharmacist today. It really hurt very little, just a bit of burning from the medication. However, it cost $245. I don't doubt that I will be reimbursed, not quickly, and I may have to make a few phone calls.
I can't imagine that all folks who need this, and I checked, it IS a recommended vaccine for people 60 and older, can afford to put out that money. Crazy.