Even though I can't remember if I'd ever had chicken pox, my VA doctor told me that it would be highly advisable for me to get the shot. I've been telling my wife that I would, but kept putting it off. Medicare doesn't pay for it, so had to rely on our drug plan...…..which isn't very good and we plan on changing it. My wife got hers last October. She had chicken pox when she was young. That one, got at CVS Pharmacy, cost us almost $200. Unfortunately, the one she got last October turned out to be only 30% effective and she needed a new one. Well, actually, the new shingles shot aka Shingrix, is given in two shots, 2-3 months apart. Neither of us were very happy to know that the almost $200 we spent on her shot in October was gone. Anyway, I got my "first of two" shots yesterday morning. She got hers yesterday evening. The shot she got last October was fairly painful the night after she got it and this shot wasn't much different. A few hours after I got mine, I had to take ibuprofen for the pain and then, at 11:30PM, I was woken with pain, so I took more ibuprofen. She took an ibuprofen when she went to bed, so she slept fairly good, but my ibuprofen didn't work nearly as good as the one I took in the afternoon. It was excruciating pain for me, but my arm, where I got the shot, was definitely talking to me. Got very little sleep. Don't feel to bad this AM, but did take a prescription pain killer that I have for my shoulder osteoarthritis pain. And, in a couple of months, we both have to go back and get one more shot. BUT, getting the shots and enduring the pain is much, much better than getting Shingles and what can possibly come after the Shingles is finally gone.