$200 Shingles shots (ZOSTAVAX)
(Spoiler alert: the medical system and the federal government did it.)
The drug company MERCK, is terrorizing the American public with those horrible shingles shot advertisements on TV. The ads are really scary. But if this shot will protect me from the fresh hell of shingles, I want it.
By shingles shot, I mean ZOSTAVAX, a vaccine used to prevent Shingles (also known as zoster).
The pharmacist at Walgreens gives me the $200 shingles shot for an additional $20!
And then she says, “Now, maybe you won’t get shingles”
“Maybe?,” I said.
“It only works for 50% of the people who get the shot”, she says.
I’m thinking SOMEONE, like the doctor, the doctors assistant, the pharmacist, the pharmacists assistant could have mentioned that the shot is only 50% effective BEFORE they gouged me or my insurance company for $200.
A 50 – 50 chance of the shot working, would be a deciding factor for a lot of us.
AND why did the FDA approve something so useless? They should have said, “NO, go back and get the vaccination right. It is morally and ethically Wrong to make people pay a hard-earned $200 for something no more effective than a coin toss.”
AND, by the way, Walgreens, if I had known you were going to charge me $20, I’d have given myself the shot.
- For more information: ZOSTAVAX vaccine (MERCK) Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., at 1-877-888-4231.
- Walgreens.com I got my shot at WALGREENS 3338, 1 S KINGSHIGHWAY ST, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO 63703 (573) 339-1700.
This photo of a quilt has nothing to do with shingles. It’s just a beautiful work of art at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.
Green beans, eggplant, onions, tomato
Today’s Harvest Basket, August 29, 2014
About a pound and a quarter of fresh green beans
are a favorite vegetable to grow and freeze for later use. It has been a good year for green beans. The bean plants are a collection of seeds, the end of a couple of different seed packets. These bush beans are about 5 1/2″ long and straight.
With a long rainy spring, the first planting of beans was later than usual. Planting too early is a waste of seed. Beans do not like cool, wet soil and will rot.
These straight, skinny beans are tender and need very little cooking. Photo: Patsy Bell Hobson
We’ve been planting short rows of beans, every 2 or 3 weeks. That has made for plenty of fresh green beans all summer. There is enough to freeze a few packages now and then.
I like the idea of freezing a couple of packages of beans when there are fresh green beans. It sure beats, having to set aside a full day for canning a big batch.
Green beans, are also known as string bean or snap bean. You also have Haricots verts, French for “green beans”,
However the main difference between Green beans and Runner beans is shape. Green beans are long and round whereas Runner beans are long and flat.
Green beans almondine – A quick and easy way to prepare fresh green beans is green beans almondine. Simply steam beans, toast sliced or slivered almonds. Brown butter, toss beans in the butter and sprinkle with almonds.
The invasion of the cherry tomatoes. Photo:pbh