Ouch...Ouch...and double Ouch!!!

  1. I'm starting school in the fall (nursing school - general classes) and I had to get some immunization shots today. Not only did they hurt (3), but it cost me a whopping $167!!! :angryfire And I still have to go back in two weeks for another shot! Geez...this is getting so expensive!!!!!!! I'm going to need the Hepatitis shots before I start the nursing program fall '05 - and that's going to cost me around $200 just for those three shots!
    Geezzzzz...I need insurance!!!!!
    Sorry - just had to vent!

    Ouch my arms hurt!!!!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   eak16
    wow- when i was in nursing school we got charged a $400 one time fee and that covered all immunizations PLUS any care we needed for accidental needlesticks in clinicals. Starting nursing school is expensive! Congrats on getting in though.
    And the HEpatitis series will hurt alot too
  4. by   NewEnglandRN
    Just had my TB test, tetanus and 1st Hep B shot. The miserable Hep B shot burned!!! I go back in one month for #2. Not sure yet, what the cost will be...

    Michelle
  5. by   Angela Mac
    have you checked with your local health department? They will give the hepBs for free if it is mandatory in your state. A good way to look into it quickly- would be to call your local public school administration.
  6. by   CVnurse08
    I just got my second Hep B shot and fortunately for me my insurance picked up the tab for me. But man if they didn't, I feel for ya there. Amazingly enough, I went in with a terrible fear of the shot and of needles and it actually didn't hurt that bad. The TB test hurt worse. Congrats on getting things under way to start nursing school. I'm in the same boat.
  7. by   Fergie
    Look into the series of shots through the public health office where you live. (look under county offices). It is the best kept secret around. You may have to pay a nominal amount but nothing like what you were quoting. Good luck.
  8. by   z's playa
    IT HURTS?!?!?!?!? Don't tell me that! Now I'll be all chicken.

    Did you get sick at all?
  9. by   Fergie
    The shots do not hurt. The disease hurts. Just think of the days of rabies shots in the belly. Use your over the counter meds like benadryl and tynelol for the discomfort, if there is any. Be certain to ask about the shot for chicken pox if you have not had the disease,or get a titer, you will do fine.
  10. by   Rhoresmith
    I got all my shots from the health department and it cost me 75 bucks totally for everything even TB test and we had to have 2, not bad my insurance would not cover the shots unless it was tetnus for an injury and I didn't want to get cut just to get that one free
  11. by   bedpan
    Yep - I know what you are saying exactly - Our Hep series cost $40 apiece (we got a discount) Then after I had finished the entire series, I found out that it didn't convert and I had to do the entire series over again!

    Luckily for me, by this time I had began working at the hospital on weekends as a PCT - so the hospital covered the cost of all my shots.

    I graduated before I finished the series and moved and began working at another hospital and they are covering the rest of my second series

    A part time job at the hospital might just be an idea to save you the cost of your vaccinations!

    Just an idea

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