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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now? (v2)

    Quote Originally Posted by anubisa View Post
    Yesterday I went and saw the doctor for a rash. They think it might be Shingles. They did a scraping and sent the sample to the lab. Right now I am on Valtrex. I called the volunteer services at the hospital and told them I couldn't volunteer, but I would let them know if it was Shingles or not. I still let them know I would not come in anyway. I wouldn't want to cause any harm to the babies since they have such weak immune systems. I love being a baby cuddler, but I can't risk their health. I'm not sure if it is Shingles (I hope not), but I am sick and I still won't let anyone get sick because of me.
    People can still get shingles in the 21st century? I thought we all get innoculated against that as children.
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now? (v2)

    Those of us who never had chicken pox before there was a childhood vaccination. Obviously don't know if that's the other poster's case, just one group of at risk people. LOL, so many caveats, those of us who -had- chicken pox are also at risk, but possibly lower risk of reactivation than initial infection.
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now? (v2)

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    People can still get shingles in the 21st century? I thought we all get innoculated against that as children.
    I'm 62. When I was a kid, we got shots for smallpox, polio, tetanus, and tuberculosis. That's it! We all got sick with the actual measles, mumps, and chicken pox. Apparently, chicken pox virus remains dormant in the body for life and can re-emerge as shingles decades later.

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    Yup. Chicken pox vaccine is fairly recent, at least here. There is even a South Park episode about Chicken Pox parties, where parents would intentionally expose their kids to chicken pox because it is easier when you are younger. These were a thing in the 90's. I think where I am Chicken Pox vaccinations started in the later 90's.
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    Yeah, it was a thing. I went to one. Get it done and over with. Parents are short on time and their schedules are tight, lol.

    My wife didn't. Never had the pox, never got vaccinated. All of our kids are, ofc.
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now? (v2)

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    People can still get shingles in the 21st century? I thought we all get innoculated against that as children.
    And there is an inoculation that prevents shingles in those of us who had the pox as kid's, but it costs about $600 in the U.S., unless your insurance is really good.
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now? (v2)

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    And there is an inoculation that prevents shingles in those of us who had the pox as kid's, but it costs about $600 in the U.S., unless your insurance is really good.
    Doesn't Medicaid and Medicare covered the inoculation?

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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now? (v2)

    Well I had chicken pox when I was a kid and I had shingles in the past. I have had shots for both. It just is something that you can get even if you take the shots. It's like the flu, even though you take the flu shot every year, you can get it. It's not as common for shingles of course, but still a shot will not always guarantee that you will never not get it.
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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now? (v2)

    There are 2 different kinds of shingles vaccines - the newer one requires 2 doses. Some people have no problems and some have pretty awful side effects. There are many differing opinions about shingles recurrence/immunity/prevention, just like the flu shot controversy anubisa mentioned.

    I had to get the MMR shot in the 90s for grad school because I couldn't prove I'd had the childhood diseases and was therefore immune - and I broke out in spots 2 weeks after. No fever or anything, just spots for a day. They told me at the time that it was "impossible" but now it's reported that 5% of people have that reaction. It was actually pretty funny in retrospect - I was fine that morning and during the workday someone was looking at me funny. I asked what was going on and he said "You better go look in a mirror." He was kind of a prankster so I thought he was just goofing on me, but then I saw the spots!

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    Re: Whatcha thinking about now? (v2)

    at 73 i still have not been hit with shingles,but i have always had a pretty strong immune system
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