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Old 01-09-2019, 09:12 PM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I agree with those of you who have said that any side effects from the vaccine are outweighed by the possibility of getting shingles.

But I have been blindsided by the malaise and lower back pain. I expected arm pain, but not this other.

These shots are hard to find, no? I was concerned I would not be able to find the second one.

I got mine at Walgreens.

Old 01-09-2019, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by TwoByFour View Post
I don't get it - the vaccine doesn't cure shingles either, it just prevents the virus you already have from activating. But that sounds like what the acyclovir is doing also. So why get the shot?
I've been on these pills for three years, and I really dislike taking them. They're big, and I sometimes have trouble getting them down.
Old 01-09-2019, 11:19 PM
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The great shortage of Shingrix supply, is a result of health authorities recently lowering the recommended age for getting Shingrix from 60, down to 50 years. This has increased the demand. More vaccine is being manufactured frantically around the clock, but shortages should persist for another year.
Old 01-09-2019, 11:21 PM
Location: too far from the sea
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Please answer the question and stay on topic.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by turkeydance View Post
had both shots as recommended.
had the exact same reaction each time.

arm stiffness after injection.
fever symptoms overnight.
ok the next day.

if this is all it takes to avoid shingles,
it is worth it in my opinion.

Almost anything is. I need to get mine. I do not want to go through that again!

I appreciate the reminder. OP, I thank you.
Old 01-09-2019, 11:34 PM
Location: Georgia, USA
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Originally Posted by Mattie View Post
My brother had a similar reaction to the first shot as your own Silibran. It was bad enough he called me to let me know, as I have been trying to find a doctor who has it available. He said the 2nd dose was not as bad, but he still didn't feel terrific for a couple of days. A friend had the same experience. I have been trying to get it after 3 bouts of shingles in my eye. I take Valacyclovir daily, and would love to get off it. Yesterday the doctor told me even if I get the vaccine I can't stop the pills, as they don't cure shingles, only prevent an outbreak. Since the virus can be dormant in my eye, I need the pills. I'm rethinking getting the vaccine at all.
Shingrix does not contain live virus. There is no need to stop the valacyclovir if you take the vaccine because it will not reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Shingrix provides much better protection against shingles than the valacyclovir. One approach would be to get the vaccine, then taper off the valacyclovir and see if you can stop it. If you were taking the antiviral for herpes prevention you would need to keep taking it because Shingrix does not protect against herpes.


Your doctor might want to consult The manufacturer (GSK https://www.shingrix.com/discover-sh...E&gclsrc=aw.ds ) to see what there might be known about the issue.
Old 01-10-2019, 12:23 AM
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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I had strong reactions to both my Shingrix shots. I ran a fever for a day, had bad pain in my shoulder and I didn't get a minute of sleep, the night after the second one. In the end, the vaccine did me no good. I never had a bad case of shingles, mainly just deep itching and some periodic sores on my back, but it's still just the same as before. Zostavax didn't help me either, about 8 years before.
Old 01-10-2019, 08:49 AM
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My experience was the same as the OPs. Virtually no reaction to the first Shingrix vaccination but an intense response to the second. Chills, muscle aches, fatigue. It was like a mild case of the flu and lasted for about 3-4 days then cleared completely. I, too, never had a reaction to a vaccine before.
Old 01-10-2019, 09:08 AM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Everylady, you described my symptoms exactly.
Old 01-10-2019, 09:10 AM
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My second Shingrix shot produced no side effects other than a slightly sore arm. The same was true for the first.
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