Shingles is a condition characterized by a painful, long-lasting rash and is caused by the same virus that is responsible for chicken pox (varicella zoster). Shingles is actually a recurrence of chicken pox, and it can have significant effects beyond the rash which can last from ten days to a month. Scarring can result from shingles rashes, particularly if one scratches the area, and in some cases, a debilitating condition known as PHN can result. Those over the age of 60 are particularly vulnerable to shingles, and for these people, a shingles vaccination is recommended. However, there are a number of things that those preparing to take a shingles vaccine should know beforehand. The vaccine isn’t cheap, but it may be covered by an insurance plan, and it may not create 100% immunity to the condition in all cases. It is important to be armed with information prior to getting a shingles vaccine and to discuss your concerns with your doctor. If you have had repeated outbreaks of shingles or are approaching the age of 60, it may be time to consider getting vaccinated.
1. The Cost
The shingles vaccine is not cheap and it may or may not be covered by your insurance plan. If you have to pay out of pocket for this vaccine, it could cost you around $200. However, many insurance plans cover the vaccination, but it is essential to check with your insurance provider. Those who receive Medicare are covered. The vaccine manufacturer may also provide significant discounts to those who are over 60 and taking the vaccine. If cost is a major consideration, you may be able to work out a payment plan with your doctor.