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Senior Citizen Health Issue

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by hedger, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    During this past weekend, my wife finally got her shingles vaccination. It was pricey: $219.99 at Walgreen's. If you have ever had Chicken Pox, or if you have the kind of herpes that causes cold sores, you can get Shingles.

    For those who may not know, many doctors suggest that people who are 60 years old or older, get the Shingles vaccination; it is good for life once you get it. The herpes virus that causes Shingles does not "go away" after you have had Chicken Pox or an outbreak of cold sores. Between attacks it lays dormant in your bones (?bone marrow?) until you have a health event that weakens/stresses you to the point that Shingles breaks out.

    This can be a debilitating event. The pain is intense and the recovery process can be months long. If the SHTF, you will not be getting that vaccination and you'll have plenty of time to regret not getting that taken care of.

    The other issue I wanted to remind folks about is to please consider getting a Pneumonia vaccination. those shots are good for 5 years.

    Please take care of yourselves!
  2. jungatheart

    jungatheart Beginner's Mind

    For those Veterans among us, I got mine at the VA for free. I did a lot of reading on it before I got one and it is recommended.
  3. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    I was aware of the vaccine but I thought shingles only hit older people and I'm way too young for any of those problems........LOL

    Wish I had remembered that I am, indeed, and older American, and thought about getting the shot. Would have saved me a lot of pain that came with Shingles
  4. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    Thanks for your post.

    Since you have had shingles would you help some undecided folks by explaining what it was like--how it affected you, symptoms, etc?

    How long ago did you come down with shingles?
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