Anyone got the Flu, Pneumonia or Shingles Shot?

By pixsidust Latest Reply 2011-09-08 17:14:58 -0500
Started 2011-09-03 00:48:36 -0500

I am getting shots as preventative medicine. Who here has gotten the flu, pneumonia or shingles shot?

I just got a pneumonia shot. I used to get these respiratory infections that settled into pneumonia. Every year I would be violently ill and hacking my lungs out for 6-8 weeks. When I got the pneumonia shot, I still got sick but not the deep in the chest sick.

I get the flu shot every year and can never tell if I benefit. I am sure there is something that it is warding off.

Now I have asked my doctor for a Shingles shot but we do not know if my insurance covers it. All I have read is that Shingles is terribly painful.
The shot is expensive so I must find out if I am covered. Has anyone gotten this shot before? Any opinions? Is Shingles a get it one time thing? How long does it last?

What do you do to prepare your health for the winter season?

28 replies

pixsidust 2011-09-08 17:14:58 -0500 Report

I have Anthem BCBS and found out they cover the shingles shot 100% for anyone over 50 years if my doctor/approved provider supplies and gives the shot! I am going to get it. While Shingles may not last that long I read where the pain from damage done can last for years.

Armourer 2011-09-08 04:35:33 -0500 Report

Got the flu shot today. And have since 1995. Has been good for me for I hardly ever get sick anymore during the whole year. Don't know if the shot did this or what, just that I've noticed it. Avoided them in the early 70s when in the military. Everybody who got them got the flu. Had one pneumonia shot several years ago.

Marytea 2011-09-04 11:00:11 -0500 Report

I have gotten the pneumonia shot, plan to get a flu shot and wonder about getting the shingles shot. My grandmother suffered terribly from shingles. My doctor tole me it predisposes you to get shingles. I have bouts of hives. I will probably get it the shingles vaccination.

pixsidust 2011-09-04 19:58:33 -0500 Report

Let me know how that goes. Remember the shingles shot is expensive.
Have them look up if the cost is covered by your insurance first. I agree its important to get it. The article below says the chicken pox virus lies dormant and when it no longer is dormant…shingles. We are have enough troule with our nerve endings is enough let alone add this to it

margokittycat 2011-09-03 23:04:44 -0500 Report

I just had my first pneumonia shot but I get the flu shot every year. Depending on your age, it is going to make a big difference if insurance will or want cover it. I see the benifits every year of the pneemonia and flu shots. I rarely get sick with anything but the comman cold.

berrykins0 2011-09-03 14:26:14 -0500 Report

i have had a flu shot and pneumonia shot not shingles one. but if you have had chicken pox you might want to get one cause your more likey to get shingles if had them . i had chicken pox not gotten shingle but my sister has. i know you can't catch shingles from somebody my mom told me that cause she is a person that works in a nursing home she know shes a ceritfied nurse.i have been around somebody that had shingles and never got them from them.i will begetting my flu shot soon. ifeel like i benifit from it i barley ever get sick and get such a mild cold when i do.i 'm not a person that gets real sick but it doesn't hurt to gey both shots just to be on the safe side. i'm not suppose to need a another pneumonis shot until i'm 60 yrs old. i had one when i was 36 yrs old.

pixsidust 2011-09-03 18:44:10 -0500 Report

The pneumonia shot is every five years. It of course is optional and that may be the recommendation vs the rule on timing. If you find that your respiratory infections are too much you may want to revist that.

Pynetree 2011-09-03 11:24:32 -0500 Report

I pretty much feel if a shot will lead to increased chance of avoiding a debilatating bout of flu or pneumonia I say go for it!
I've gotten a flu shot every year, and pneumonia shot '08.
Last year I did talk to my Dr. about Shingles vaccine. He thought it might be a good idea to get it. I agreed, especially since my Mom had it , and then last year my Aunt was diognosed with shingles. So I thought I'd go for it. But Dr. didn't have the vaccine in, said they'd contact me when they got it…never did. But I go next week, for bloodwork, so will bring it up again.
Thanks for this timely reminder post…

ston3xc 2011-09-03 08:53:52 -0500 Report

I get the flu shot every year, the pneumonia shot is given every 5 years. It only protects you from the pneumonia you can die from, you can still get pneumonia in the weaker form. I don't know about shingles, except that they are painful and can reoccur. Our Walgreens gives shingles shots for $25, the flu shot, too.

pixsidust 2011-09-03 09:57:31 -0500 Report

Unfortunately the price for the Shingles shot is $219.99 at Walgreens and that seems to be the going rate… :-(

ston3xc 2011-09-03 13:25:26 -0500 Report

Oh, my gosh!! I had no idea! Well, I just made an a.. out of myself for assumeing that Walgreens was on the up and up. Thanks for the info!!

pixsidust 2011-09-03 13:36:26 -0500 Report

You always have the best intent, and thought you were correct. I wish you were!!!! But read down further to the info I found on the internet on Shingles. LOL

alanbossman 2011-09-03 07:38:40 -0500 Report

I have not had the shingles shot because my insurance does not cover it and it is not cheap. Have had pneumonia and the flu shot. And the only reason I get these because my doctor put it this way my immune system has been weakened in half by having diabetes.

eristar 2011-09-03 06:48:16 -0500 Report

I get a flu shot every year; got the pneumonia shot last year at the insistance of my insurance company, and now don't need a booster until 65, or so the pharmacist told me this year. Never had the shingles shot, but if I understand it correctly I am not at risk since I had chicken pox as a child. I could be wrong about that, but I hope not! :)

pixsidust 2011-09-03 09:59:22 -0500 Report

My grandma had chicken pox and got shingles. She was in agony with it. Its worth our exploring more into for our protection

Here is what I looked up:
Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.
After you get chickenpox, the virus remains inactive (becomes dormant) in certain nerves in the body. Shingles occurs after the virus becomes active again in these nerves years later.
Herpes zoster usually clears in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely recurs. If the virus affects the nerves that control movement (the motor nerves), you may have temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis.

Sometimes, the pain in the area where the shingles occurred may last from months to years. (WOW!) This pain is called postherpetic neuralgia. It occurs when the nerves have been damaged after an outbreak of shingles. Pain ranges from mild to very severe pain. It is more likely to occur in people over 60 years.
Other complications may include:

Another attack of shingles
Blindness (if shingles occurs in the eye)
Infection, including encephalitis or sepsis (blood infection) in persons with weakened immune systems
Bacterial skin infections

With a Diabetic's problems with their nerves and nerve endings. We should guard against anything that could cause us further harm and further pain

ston3xc 2011-09-03 14:05:19 -0500 Report

Are the shingles more likely to occur if the person has had chickenpox? What if they have never had chickenpox?

Carol2x 2011-09-03 18:04:30 -0500 Report

If you have never had chicken pox then you could be more prone to shingles if you are exposed to it. Stay away from it.

Doryian 2011-09-03 06:42:11 -0500 Report

I have the pneumonia shot. From what I understand that's a one-time thing except that I'll need a "booster" when I'm 60 - That's 20 years from now. I'm going to double check that… I never have gotten the flu shot. I've only had the flu twice in my life and just don't see the point in putting that crud into my body. If I get the flu, I have the pneumonia shot to protect me from what I understand is the worst potential complication of the flu. But my doctor practically got on his knees and begged me to take the flu shot - so maybe that's a bad decision… I'm sticking to it though… I've never heard of the shingles vaccination.

pixsidust 2011-09-03 10:55:47 -0500 Report

the pneumonia shot is every five years. I felt my first one wear off around the 4 year 1/2 mark. Count your time and keep your immunity up.

lmkilday 2011-09-03 01:18:54 -0500 Report

I got the flu shot. It is not given in one shot with pneumonia and shingles. I've never had the shingles shot before.

Carol2x 2011-09-03 18:02:27 -0500 Report

I cannot take the flu shot. It makes me get the flu faster and worse than I would without it. I know-I have tried it several times and each time I got the flu immediately and worse than I would have normally gotten it without the shot. I am not allergic to eggs, either. They are now combining the flu and the H1N1 shots into 1 shot together and giving it as the flu shot. got that bit of info from the CDC people. I work at a hospital and know what flu's etc are on the run outside. I just build up my immune system each year and winters are no problem anymore.

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