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They are both essentially the same.
The chicken pox vaccine has less amount of live attenuated virus.
The shingles vaccine has more live attenuated virus.
If I can get my Doc to prescribe the chickenpox vac. will it protect me as well as the one for shingles?
Chicken pox vaccine is given in 2 doses for children.
Given the low dose of virus, the protection will not be the same.
And since you need 2 doses of chicken pox vaccine, cost wise it is not cheaper.
O.K. why do you think my insurance doesn't cover it? Any idea about their thinking?
That is the problem --some insurance covers some do not.
They do cover after age 60 since that is the recommended age.
I'll find out if mine works that way, and maybe I'll wait.
yes you can wait.
you can get your chickenpox titer checked if you had vaccine as child or chickenpox itself.
If your titer is good, then vaccination is not required.
I had it, I remember it well. Maybe they will cover the varicella titer check - do you think? is this a blood test?
yes this is a blood test and should be covered.
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