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Old 05-13-2018, 10:05 PM
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Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Shingles at age 40. 6 weeks. Rash appeared on day 4. Crust peel at week 4-6. Post nerve irritation for ~15-20 years. Got the vaccine at age 60. Now 68 with other issues. Next booster is at 70.

It is very painful and I only had it at waist to inner thigh.

 
Old 05-14-2018, 12:51 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Seniors are a more vulnerable population for marketing to the shingles vaccination than the general population is for a potential Lyme, West Nile, or Zika vaccine. Not profitable.

You only have to compare the Flu vaccination rates of young adults to Seniors to see the difference. The biggest obstacle for Shingles vaccination (30% rates) is probably more a cost factor in the difference in flu and shingles vaccination rates. If it was made free under Part B Medicare like Flu Shots, the uptake probably would be much higher. However, to some of us that would not matter.
There is a Lyme vaccine. There was not enough interest in it so it is no longer manufactured. There is work on vaccines for West Nile and Zika.

Yes, price is an issue.
 
Old 05-14-2018, 06:29 AM
 
Location: RVA
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I wonder if it ever occured to the poster that claimed shingles is “just” itchy skin because that’s how her husbands case evolved, that maybe it was less severe BECAUSE he had the vaccination? Many vaccines prevent OR reduce the outbreak. None of the many people I know that had shingles would EVER describe it as just itchy skin.
 
Old 05-14-2018, 06:36 AM
 
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I want to pop back in to report the side effects that I've experienced since taking the first dose of Shingrix 5 days ago. After the 2nd day, I initially thought the side effects were fairly mild and over. But the following 3 days did present more uncomfortable side effects that I didn't expect. Over the weekend I've experienced nausea, headache, generally flu-like symptoms of muscle/joint soreness, feeling of exhaustion, a feverish feeling and weird sleep patterns. None of these were serious or life-altering as I kept going to work and this last weekend, I still worked all day in the yard and did my weekend household chores. But I do want to warn that I did experience rather significant unpleasant intermittent side effects. So I'm not looking forward to the 2nd shot, but will do it because despite the side effects of the vaccine, it doesn't compare to the suffering of a full-blown shingles attack.

That said, I did some research on what causes the side effects and how Shingrix works. I found a very informative article that may interest those posting/reading this thread. Shingrix works by increasing the body's immune system which enables it to ward off the virus if it come out of dormancy. All these side effects are due to the immune system going into sudden overdrive.

You can read more about it here: https://www.precisionvaccinations.co...ore-antibodies

I still recommend the vaccine whole-heartedly because I believe in it's efficacy, and having had the disease, I'll put up with this discomfort rather than chance another outbreak. It's a little discomfort now to avoid HUGE discomfort later. But I want to be transparent in reporting the experience of the vaccine and be advised that there can be some pretty harsh side-effects for a week or so following the shot. Though I know others that have had it with practically no other side effects other that a sore arm at the injections site. Maybe I had a weakened immune system to begin with so the vaccine has had a more jarring initial effect than if my immune system were stronger. Who knows? Who can say why people react differently to various vaccines. This is the first one in which I've experienced any side effects other than a sore injection site. So yeah, it's been an interesting experience.

However, now that I know how I reacted to the 1st shot, I will plan for a few days of downtime with the 2nd shot and take it much easier. After that, I'm home free. Whew! This is definitely a "YMMV" situation.

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Old 05-14-2018, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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My wife and I both got the first Shingrix shots a month ago. She has Sjögren's syndrome, an immune system disease and her doctor said their was no issue with her getting it. Both of us experienced a little muscle soreness, some redness, and a little swelling. It really didn't hurt much at all unless I touched the injection site. After 3 or 4 days everything was fine.
 
Old 05-14-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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My wife and I both got the first Shingrix shots a month ago. She has Sjögren's syndrome, an immune system disease and her doctor said their was no issue with her getting it. Both of us experienced a little muscle soreness, some redness, and a little swelling. It really didn't hurt much at all unless I touched the injection site. After 3 or 4 days everything was fine.
Yes, after 5 days, I think the worst is over for me too. Not too bad, just a little unexpected.

How was your 2nd shot experience in relation to your 1st shot. Better? Worse?
 
Old 05-14-2018, 08:21 AM
 
Location: RVA
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They couldn’t know yet. Must wait at least 2 and up to 6 months before 2nd injection.
 
Old 05-14-2018, 08:33 AM
 
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They couldn’t know yet. Must wait at least 2 and up to 6 months before 2nd injection.
Oh, right!

Well, anyone else who's had both shots want to say how they compared? Was one easier (less side effects) than the other? Both about the same? Do tell!

Also, I'm wondering why there's such a huge time variance for the 2nd shot. 2 to 6 months? At my first shot appt., the Walgreens pharmacist gave me a reminder card for exactly 2 months later for the 2nd shot. I mean, does it matter at all if I wait 6 months rather than 2? 4 months - that's a big time spread.
 
Old 05-14-2018, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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We plan to go back sometime in July for the second shot
 
Old 05-14-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I wonder how many here enthusiastically took Zostavax?

The point is that you don't know what is being peddled as a "cure" by the medical establishment that might turn out to be problematic or dangerous.

Now everyone is jumping on the new drug bandwagon.

I would say if you want to prevent shingles (or any other illness), tend to your immune system and be aware of how you are managing stress. There are a number of holistic reinforcements out there for any one interested in attaining and maintaining optimum health.

All manufactured pharmaceutical "cures" have toxic side effects - side effects are not just fine print that should be glossed over.
I enthusiastically took Zostavax as soon as it came out. I had shingles in my 40s, and it was not an experience I want to repeat in this lifetime.

I avoid "holistic" cures because they have so many dangerous toxic side effects.
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