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What is the differance between a shingles vaccene and a Chickenpox

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What is the differance between a shingles vaccene and a Chickenpox vaccine? I'm 57, had chickenpox as a kid, have seen shingles up close and don't want it! The shingles vaccine is about $250, and the chickenpox vaccine is about $150.

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Mysticdoc :

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Mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

Mysticdoc :

Good question.

Mysticdoc :

They are both essentially the same.

Mysticdoc :

The chicken pox vaccine has less amount of live attenuated virus.

Mysticdoc :

The shingles vaccine has more live attenuated virus.

Customer:

If I can get my Doc to prescribe the chickenpox vac. will it protect me as well as the one for shingles?

Mysticdoc :

Chicken pox vaccine is given in 2 doses for children.

Mysticdoc :

Given the low dose of virus, the protection will not be the same.

Mysticdoc :

And since you need 2 doses of chicken pox vaccine, cost wise it is not cheaper.

Customer:

O.K. why do you think my insurance doesn't cover it? Any idea about their thinking?

Mysticdoc :

That is the problem --some insurance covers some do not.

Mysticdoc :

They do cover after age 60 since that is the recommended age.

Mysticdoc :

or 50

Customer:

I'll find out if mine works that way, and maybe I'll wait.

Customer:

Thank you

Mysticdoc :

yes you can wait.

Mysticdoc :

you can get your chickenpox titer checked if you had vaccine as child or chickenpox itself.

Mysticdoc :

If your titer is good, then vaccination is not required.

Mysticdoc :

varicella titer.

Customer:

I had it, I remember it well. Maybe they will cover the varicella titer check - do you think? is this a blood test?

Mysticdoc :

yes this is a blood test and should be covered.

Customer:

Thank you and bye

Mysticdoc :

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Customer:

OK, thanks

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