Get Your Shingles Vaccine

shingles vaccineKnow anyone who has had Shingles? It is truly dreadful! I have a neighbor who had it twice in 2011. Both times she had to go on pain medications to cope with the pain from Shingles, missed work and was miserable.

The good news is there is a vaccine. The bad news is that it is an expensive mixture and most insurance companies will not cover the expense until you are 60 years old! Of course this doesn’t make any sense and there is talk that the age will be lowered to age 50 in the future.

I turned 60 this year and tops on my list was to get my Shingles vaccine. One shot and it is good for life. I have health insurance so it really seemed like a no brainer. Right after my birthday I had a bad cold. Remnant of the cold I had a cold sore. I waited for these to clear before getting my shot. While I waited, my husband, who also turned 60, waltzed into his Doctor’s office and they gave him his shot without an appointment or copay!

My doctor is in a small clinic and I called to make sure they stock the vaccine. No, they did not. I stopped at my husband’s doctor’s office, a multi-location practice and was turned away because I was not their patient. I called my insurance company and was told to go to a Rite Aid or Walgreens for the inoculation.

I spent 27 years in pharmaceutical sales. I called on doctors and at times pharmacists. Don’t get me wrong I love pharmacists, they are smart but are they trained to give me a shot? How many do they give in a day or a year? Pharmacists, do they really want to touch people’s skin like other health clinicians? I called my insurance company again and was told another option, the Safeway store. A grocery store? No, I did not want to get an inoculation while I grocery shopped!

Am I making a huge issue out of nothing? Perhaps. I called my doctor again. She thought if she sent a prescription for the Shingle vaccine to a Rite Aid store close to her office I could pick it up and bring it to her office and some one could give it to me. By this point I was ready to inject myself!

With the sound track from Mission Impossible going through my head, I called the planned Rite Aid store to make sure all was set for ‘Plan Shingles Vaccine’ only to be told they would not release the vials to me. Why not just come in and their pharmacist would inoculate me was their suggestion since they had my prescription ready?

I surrendered. I reluctantly walked into said Rite Aid store and waited 45 minutes until my name was called. A young man directed me to a little room. Although I was assured he was a pharmacist because I saw his diploma on the wall, he looked 14. He must have sensed my reluctance, or was it the tension in my arm or my question if he learned how to give shots in Pharmacy College? He told me he had never given an inoculation before and smiled broadly when I looked at him and plunged the needle into my arm!

I got my Shingles Vaccine. How about you?



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Haralee Weintraub

After going through cancer treatments and facing my own mortality, I wanted to do something that I enjoyed every day and could make a difference to other women’s lives. After surviving breast cancer treatments, risks like a new business venture at age 51 seemed mild in comparison! I left my job at a Fortune 100 company, and created the solution, Sleepwear. I created my company around a need I saw in a niche market. I had 27 years in sales and sales management of consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. I used the best practices culled from my business career background for my own company. I made a couple of prototypes of nightgowns from old bike shorts using my 35 year old sewing machine and showed it to my breast cancer support group. They went wild with enthusiasm so I knew I had touched upon a need and a potential success. The sleepwear sold at is designed from moisture wicking material that quickly transports the sweat away from the body and creates a more comfortable night sleep. I use models who are friends and who either are cancer survivors or once removed from cancer. It is my pleasure to show beautiful women surviving and their daughters, sisters and friends modeling in support! We are a company with a lot of heart, soul and a little but too much sweat! Because I want my customers to feel good about their purchase on every level, we donate a portion of every sale to breast cancer research and we are made in the USA. Never in a million years did I think a breast cancer diagnosis would lead to becoming an entrepreneur! 

  4 comments for “Get Your Shingles Vaccine

  1. May 21, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Having seen a couple people dealing with shingles in the last few years, I am planning to go for a shingles shot this year, whether my insurance covers it or not.

    • May 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Smart Woman Beverly!

  2. May 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I had shingles a few times in my early thirties due to stress. It was very painful and if you itched it, it was like ripping your nerves out. I’m 51 now and got the vaccine a couple of years ago, and I’m glad that’s one thing I won’t have to worry about! Thanks for sharing this info.

  3. CJ Mumm
    May 30, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Getting the vaccine is no guarantee. The success rate is not as high as I would expect. My mother had shingles years ago. She then got a vaccine last October and had shingles again this May.

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