Aunt M called to say she has contracted shingles. It has attacked the nerves in her lower back and the inside of her thighs, and it is extremely painful. This happened after her doctor REPEATEDLY advised her to have the shingles vaccine. She kept putting it off until it was too late. Her dermatologist prescribed two pills and a cream, but so far, none of it has alleviated the pain. I am so sorry she is suffering.
When I inquired about the effectiveness of the shingles vaccine, my internist told me it is 50% effective, and there is a chance that I could contract shingles anyway. However, the vaccine would lessen the severity of the disease.
So, what have I got to lose? David and I have requested to have the vaccine later this month when we go in for our Hepatitis shot. The shingles vaccine is NOT covered by our insurance, but since we don’t want to end up like Aunt M, we are going to have it anyway.
People who have had the chicken pox are especially susceptible to shingles. If you have not done so already, please make arrangements to get the vaccine as soon as possible. Better safe than sorry!
P.S. We have decided to get the shingles vaccine at Kmart pharmacy, because it is less expensive than at the clinic. My doctor will call it in to Kmart.