Good/bad advice about vaccinations...? - page 2

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  1. by   Cinqly
    Well, I've priced the titers and shots at three different places, and here's what I've found.

    Titers--only one place that I called even does them. They only do titers for varicella ($75), Hep B ($35--which I'm already getting shots for), and I think MMR. Since I'm already getting Hep B shots at my University, I'm just going to get the rest of them there. They are the cheapest anyway ($58).

    Vaccination nurse
    MMR--$50
    Tet/Dip--$30*
    Polio--$50
    Varicella--$95
    *optional: Tet/Dip w/Pertussis--$55 (They suggested this option, but I don't know if it's because they think that it's necessary or if they want more money.)
    Total: $225 or $240 w/pertussis

    County Health center
    MMR--$65
    Tet/Dip--$40
    Polio--$50
    Varicella--$100
    Total: $255

    University health center
    MMR--N/A
    Tet/Dip--$30
    Polio--N/A
    Varicella--N/A
    Total: Guess it would be pointless to get shots here, since they only offer one and it's the same price as the other places!

    I'm sure the hospitals around here give all of these vaccinations as well, but my guess is that the prices are competative. So, there you go!
  2. by   WDWpixieRN
    We had to get all of the aforementioned vaccinations/titers, too....I'm 51 and didn't even BOTHER trying to find old records...my titers tested out fine -- thank heavens as I had had chicken pox AND mumps as a kid...I just went ahead with all the other vaccines (that tetanus shot hurt like he!! for almost a week!)....and I don't recall getting started all that early on any of this...allowances were made for some who couldn't get it all in by the start of classes...

    I went through my dr's office and insurance covered the majority of it....I had the 1st and 3rd Hep B done on campus however....many folks went the county health department route if they didn't think their insurance would pay for it....

    And as for whether or not you can elect to get these vacinations "waived" for school, I don't believe it's the schools' requirements....I thought I understood these to be required by the HOSPITALS.....but I could be wrong...after all, I didn't need these to take my prereqs on the same campus...
  3. by   carolinapooh
    Even if you've had the vaccines, you may not be able to show enough of them. In other words, by example, the State of NC requires three MMRs within a certain time period. Because of my age, and therefore different vaccination requirements when I got my BS, I didn't have enough of those shots on my record (and this includes the fact that I was in the military; their standards are different than NC's). I had had a tetanus booster, as well as a tetanus when I was in the Air Force, but they required I show three within a certain length of time, so I had to get another one. So you may have to get some shots anyway. Check the requirements carefully against what you have a record of so you don't get a surprise....
  4. by   rags
    I live in a different state than I did growing up and I just called information to ge the number for public health, called them, explained the situation and I had my paperwork to release my records faxed. They then faxed me my immunization records and the whole process from beginning to end was something like 2 or 3 days. I would really concider giving them a shot.

    Good luck to you and trust me... there is a reason you got into nursing school. You will learn plently about the profession very quickly! Like I have mentioned in the past, I didn't either. I didn't even know that the NCLEX existed until I was well into my second year of nursing school! I thought all you had to do was graduate! Talk about a shocker.

    But... that is all over now and I am an RN. Worth every bit of trouble and leg work.

    Remember to have fun and BREATH!

    rags
  5. by   zilla704
    I got a copy of all my vax's from the school district I went to and I graduated 14 years ago. I still needed boosters, and obviously current PPD.

    What's weird is that I've had that damn MMR like 8 times. When I was a child, after each of my three pregancies b/c I never had antibodies with the inital work-up and then again after drawing another titier before I started school. Why can't I build antibodies? I've even had the measles! I'm sure I'll have to get another one if they draw the titer again in the future.
  6. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from zilla704
    I got a copy of all my vax's from the school district I went to and I graduated 14 years ago. I still needed boosters, and obviously current PPD.

    What's weird is that I've had that damn MMR like 8 times. When I was a child, after each of my three pregancies b/c I never had antibodies with the inital work-up and then again after drawing another titier before I started school. Why can't I build antibodies? I've even had the measles! I'm sure I'll have to get another one if they draw the titer again in the future.
    Some folks NEVER seroconvert. I'm not sure of why.
  7. by   WestWingFan
    Funny-- I just found out last night that I need all of the records for my vaccinations. My pediatrician is long gone, the doctors I went to from the time I was in high school until 6 years ago have all gone their separate ways, and noone knows who has my charts. My mom has been looking for my vaccination chart from when I was a kid all day (I keep calling and bugging her), but she can't find them. I had to have a few more vaccinations before I became a teacher, so I'm gonna be really upset if I have to get them all again. I called the doctor that I went to near my house, and they told me they'll do titers. In the mean time, my old doc just called and thinks he located my chart in storage-- he wants me to come to his office to have my physical though, he's 40 minutes away now. Uggghhh. I have until the third week of July to provide my vacc. records. My appointment for my physical/titers is May 9th (I can't go before May because my school won't accept it)--- anyway, long story short-- I so sympathize.
  8. by   Cinqly
    Quote from WestWingFan
    Funny-- I just found out last night that I need all of the records for my vaccinations. My pediatrician is long gone, the doctors I went to from the time I was in high school until 6 years ago have all gone their separate ways, and noone knows who has my charts. My mom has been looking for my vaccination chart from when I was a kid all day (I keep calling and bugging her), but she can't find them. I had to have a few more vaccinations before I became a teacher, so I'm gonna be really upset if I have to get them all again. I called the doctor that I went to near my house, and they told me they'll do titers. In the mean time, my old doc just called and thinks he located my chart in storage-- he wants me to come to his office to have my physical though, he's 40 minutes away now. Uggghhh. I have until the third week of July to provide my vacc. records. My appointment for my physical/titers is May 9th (I can't go before May because my school won't accept it)--- anyway, long story short-- I so sympathize.
    I guess I'm beginning to realize that my situation isn't so unique!!! Good luck everybody, and thanks for all the great advice!

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