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Old 02-21-2015, 02:21 PM
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I had a little itchiness and a large bright red spot at the injection site. My 84 y/o mother suffered a year with shingles, it was horrible. Mom said Reprot come back and complaim to me when your back is in flames.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:02 PM
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It's a little better today, called pharmacist who administered it & she said 1 in 50 have this reaction. Oddly, my spouse, who reacted to pertussis vaccination & has other allergies, had no reaction to this. BTW, he has already had an episode of shingles & so did my mother...it's awful, especially the neuralgia. So, I would recommend the discomfort of the vaccination over risking shingles.

BTW, in our area the vaccine costs $224!! So, I'm very grateful that insurance paid for them for both of us.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:31 PM
Location: Bay Area, California
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I am a RN and the product information of Zostavax (shingles shot) is to give it Subcutaneously NOT intradermal like a TB test. You want to place the vaccine Under all layers of skin not just under the top layer. This is different from many other shots that go directly into the muscle.

The product literature also notes, reddness & soreness at injection site as side effects. Which I experienced. My arm was sore enough to wake me up from sleep when I rolled onto it. But instead of saying ouch, I said "hooray" I've seen the agony shingles causes many times and feel so blessed to be protected from it.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:29 PM
Location: San Antonio
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As a retired nurse, I can only recommend GET IT, GET IT , GET IT!!!!! Pay whatever is required, but this is NOT one to play "Russian Roulette" with....TRUST ME!!!! Praise GOD ABOVE I have never suffered from, but have seen plenty that have and they would give you their last dime, drop of water and keys to the car NOT to have suffered thru!
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:07 PM
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Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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After three friends got shingles in their early 60s, and we saw how incredibly painful it was (not to mention the potential of long-term chronic pain if not diagnosed and treated in time), my husband and I got the shingles shot as soon as it was available. Absolutely no side effects. Back then, it was harder to find a place to get it. Now it seems to be widely available.

As I understand it, there's no guarantee you can't get shingles even with the shot. But it's supposed to be a much milder case.
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