lyndsey, check with your endocrinologist. Mine recommended it wholeheartedly; unfortunately, I’ve already had shingles 3 times. the most painful thing I’ve ever had in my life - seriously, I’d rather give birth again.
I also had it 3 times on my face
3 times God I thought I was unlucky having it twice it's a terrible thing to get
So, you had shingles before you got vaccinated? And does the vaccination keep a person from getting it?
Vaccination doesnt 100% protect you from getting it. It reduces likelihood by 50%. It also lets your body build immunity up against it, so if you do come down with it. youll have a much lesser response or case of shingles. - student pharmacist
Ask doctor surgery
I had a bout with shingles recently. A mild case. Still hurt like hell.
I'd love to take a shingles vacation, free from it forever etc.
My endo told me the vaccine was possible to take but that it did not matter in my case since the shingles had already manifested and I was already healing by the time I realized what it was.
Hi Faustino! Im a student pharmacist, class of 2019. We learned that you should still get the shingles vaccination if you have had it before. They say if you have it once, especially at younger age, that you will likely get it again. I have seen people get it anywhere from 1 to 5 times. CDC recommends you wait 6 months after healing from your shingles and then get vaccination. It reduces your likelihood of getting it again by 50% and if you do get it again it is supposed to be a lesser reaction. If your insurance will pay for it and you are over 60, I highly recommend going and getting it.
Faustino, I had shingles brought on by the stress of a surgery. I asked about the vax, and they said I should still have it. Chances are greater you'll get it again. Who the hell knows!
The stress of my colonoscopy triggered my shingles, which I am still suffering from after a year and a half. Has anyone heard about the new shingles vaccine? It is supposed to work better.
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I had shingles this past summer right where my bra sits, all the way around. My doctor (I'm sure you have heard me say is a jerk) said I didn't have them because I didn't have spots, just pain like no tomorrow. I couldn't even touch my skin to put powder on it let alone cream. Doc tells me 'go for physio". yea ok then.
I went to 2 different nursing stations and they confirmed I did indeed have shingles but they can not give medicine or go against a doctors diagnosis and they can't give the vaccine till 1 year later. I am in Canada and we have to pay for it no matter what insurance we have. I tell ya I will be in line to get that vaccine when the 1 year date hits!
I have had mine. No issues. But ask doctor for confirmation. Got my flu shot yesterday. Again no issues at least so far.
I had my shot last yr before being diag. No prob w it. The dr said if someone has had shingles, they need to wait 1-yr to get the shot.
I've had one, and I'm getting the new one next week. Grampa said shingles hurt worse than anything in his life, including passing kidney stones. I get mine at public health - they have my history - and are enthusiastic about me getting the vaccinations.
‘The new one’. Is this something we need every yr?
There’s a new shingles vaccine that came out recently that’s better than the old one supposedly
Thanks. I’ll ck it out. The last one cost me close to $300, that was after what the ins paid.
There is one in trials still with CDC. So far, only Zostavax is available. -student pharmacist.
It is on tv and is available in Oregon
Just saw the ad
danae do you know what its called? Nothing here in Fl yet and weve been taught its still in the works. Thanks.
Just ckd. The article said the Shingrix vaccine will be available in Canada the end of this year.
I do not recall because I’m not of age for it so didn’t really pay much attention. I will see if I can track it down. Just saw the ad yesterday on tv
Just curious. Thanks!
Thanks Yajaira and danae! I just found a good article on it. I see its approved and im looking to see when its available now. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-shingles-vaccine-shingrix-who-should-get-it/
Go to http://Shingrix.com/
The new one does NOT contain the live virus like the old does. They are saying the new one is more effective and lasts longer. Not sure if its true because it's so new, but the trials done on it says it's true. They are recommending that even if you had the old shot to get the new shot too.
I did danae. It was approved friday by the FDA. But no word as to when available to public. Another good informative article https://www.today.com/health/experts-recommend-new-shingles-vaccine-shingrix-over-zostavax-t117984
Sounds very promising Chelsey. Im excited about that as well as the fact that they lowered the age to 50.
It’s being advertised here in Portland but like I said I didn’t pay any attention since I don’t need it but Portland is a large market too so not sure if that makes any difference.
Had my flu shot today. The nurses told me Shingrix was approved for use in Canada yesterday and isn't available here in the Yukon yet. The old one was live virus and about 50% effective. This new one. Is dead virus and thought to be 90% effective. You can have it if you've had the old one or not. I will.
My doctor insisted. I got it. no problem. saw what a friend of mine went through. tough stuff!
I did. About 6 months ago. No prob. at all.
I wouldn’t vacation there for sure!
I got a shingles shot a year or two ago with no problems.
My husband had singles meningitis on the brain, get that shot ASAP! The infectious disease doc said he sees usually one case a year.
Is it possible to get shingles from the vaccination?
No, the vaccine will not give you shingles. It is a live vaccine, however, so they recommend you are feeling good when you get it. If you are sick, your body will not be able to respond appropriately because its busy fighting something else off. Worse case scenario. you have a very small case of shingles that would still be way better than getting shingles and not having had the vaccination. - student pharmacist.
I got a shingles vaccine after my 93 year old mother had a full case of chicken pox/shingles. We all had chicken pox but apparently immunity can wane in old age. Almost killed her at her age and since I’m 70, I decided to take no chances. She had been offered a vaccine and declined. As she always does.
At what age is the vaccine recommended?
I think in your 60s
60+ -student pharmacist.
Chloe any suggestion for immunocompromised people?
Ok. I have a while yet then. It sounds dreadful.
The CDC is supposed to be working on a new vaccination for people under the age of 60. It is not a fun illness to experience. Ive seen it in 20 year olds all the way up to 90 year olds. It is most common after 60, but younger people still get it. I personally think immunocompromised people over 18 should be able and encouraged to get the vaccination. Im hoping this new vaccination changes things.
Sibyl. It depends what kind of immunocomprised condition you have. Most diseases such as diabetes are fine. You shouldnt get the shingles vaccine if you have HIV, AIDS, cancer or are pregnant. I have attached info from the CDC.
Thank you Chloe!
Chloe you rock! Thank you for all the up to date info.
No prob Taunya
Is it a yearly thing?
Once in a lifetime -student pharmacist
The vaccination is once a lifetime?
It's a whole lot safer to get the vaccine than the disease!
Thank you to all for the info.
I did . no prob with it
If you have had shingles, will a shot help from getting again?
I was told no, but that was for the old shot. Not sure if the new one is the same.
Hi Kimberlie! Im a student pharmacist, class of 2019. We learned that you should still get the shingles vaccination if you have had it before. They say if you have it once, especially at younger age, that you will likely get it again. I have seen people get it anywhere from 1 to 5 times. CDC recommends you wait 6 months after healing from your shingles and then get vaccination. It reduces your likelihood of getting it again by 50% and if you do get it again it is supposed to be a lesser reaction. If your insurance will pay for it and you are over 60, I highly recommend going and getting it.
Chloe and if you have PHN from it, it is nearly useless.
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Chloe had it for 5 years, since the last outbreak.
Im so sorry fredda
Chloe I’ve had 4 children as a diabetic - all btwn 9-10 lbs, no drugs. Like I said, I’d rather have another.
If I've never had chicken pox do I need the shingles vaccine?
You can get CP from being around someone with CP or shingles. I would!
Hi Signe, I am a student pharmacist, class of 2019. The answer to your question is yes. The vaccination will not give you either the chickenpox or shingles. Unless you were immunized for chicken pox, you can still aquire them at any age. Which could lead to shingles down the road. I have attached CDC recommendations.
I had one im fine
They have lowered the age to 50 in the US.
Yes, only for the new vaccine, Shingrix which was just approved today but is not yet in pharmacies or offices for dispensal.
Any idea when it will be?
I was looking lyndsey can't find the date just says approved oct 2017. Im thinking within next month.
I recommend it. Worst pain of my life.
I had one. no issues at all.
Keep in mind the vaccine only is about 50% effective and lasts about 5 years.
It may be different in the States, but here in Canada, they are good for life.
The new one, Shingrix, that's just been approved, is rated at 90% effective.
Having seen 4 people go through shingles with 3 of them being under 50 and not able to get the vaccine I highly recommend it.
I never even had chicken pox, I will not be getting this vaccine.
I'm old enought there was no MMR for me and I had all three and mumps too. Hell on wheels. If I can get vaccinated for something, I do.
I never had chicken pox either. I did get the chicken pox vaccine since I worked in childcare. I don't need the shingles vaccine since it is the a stronger version of the chicken pox vaccine.
Keep in mind there is a newer, more effective vaccination on the near horizon.