Who can provide a shingles vaccination?
May 23, 2014 7:06 AM Subscribe
I want a shingles vaccination. My doc says no.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I asked my doc about getting a shingles vaccination the last two times I saw him. He said no, they don't do this until age 60. I'm 55, not on steroids, not immunocompromised, not on chemo. I don't know if I ever had chicken pox. By my research the "60 years old" limit seems rather arbitrary, some places say 55 or 50.
I'm just rather concerned about getting shingles after hearing the horror stories. They don't even have the vaccination in the office, all I need is a prescription from him, I'll find a place to get the actual shot.
I've asked some of my other doctors, cardiologist and urologist. Both said no, the script should come from my primary care. Am I breaking some sort of "doctors code" asking around for this?
Mainly, I need to know what type of doc do I need to see to get this medication, and is my primary going to be pissed off because I'm going behind his back?