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Old 06-18-2020, 02:53 PM
 
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I managed to get my #1 Shingrix vaccine end of January but other matters delayed me getting #2 Shingrix 2 months after #1 (that's the soonest can do it) and then Covid19 came to roost.

I just got a reminder from the pharmacy to get my butt in there for #2 shot before the 6 month deadline end of July. I'd already decided to go to different pharmacy because original pharmacy gives shots next to grocery aisle, no private room. Yes weird, but I didn't know that before doing it.

So I called the better pharmacy (they have private room) to schedule and they said CDC is saying don't rush to get Shingrix because it lowers immune system for some time. So first pharmacy says "come in ASAP" whereas second pharmacy says "wait a bit." I think I will go with "wait a bit" pharmacy advice.

Any other C-D'rs have this dilemma?
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Old 06-18-2020, 04:42 PM
 
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"Private room" for getting a shot? Why would that be necessary? You don't have to get undressed to get the Shingrix shot. You just need to roll up your sleeve a little bit to expose your upper arm area.


I don't know about the lowered resistance idea. Personally, I think I'd go ahead and get the Shingrix shot.
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Old 06-18-2020, 05:25 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure there was a year or so between my first and second doses, which my doctor didn't seem concerned about, and neither was the pharmacy.
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Old 06-18-2020, 06:23 PM
 
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Shingrix needs to be administered in 4-6 month intervals, in order to have the best protection. Think of it this way:

You want to paint your house. You use paint that requires two coats. The second coat "seals" in the color and allows it to be pristine looking for several years. You paint the first coat, and instead of painting the second coat within a week, you wait several months. By that time, some of the first coat has become dirty, and because it was only a thin first coat without that second coat to seal it and protect it, some of it has faded. It won't look as good, or last as long, as if you had done it correctly.

I got my Shingrix shots at CVS at their minute clinic. But you don't need privacy to get the shot, it's given in the upper arm. They could give it to me in the middle of the produce aisle for all I care. I'm there for immunity, not a photo shoot.
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Old 06-18-2020, 06:38 PM
 
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My pharmacy gives shots behind closed doors. I got my second Shingrix just as this was starting. No bad effects. If you skip it, you will need to get both shots again.
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Old 06-18-2020, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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If you skip it, you will need to get both shots again.
Nope.

https://gskpro.com/en-us/products/shingrix/dosing/

"If more than 6 months have elapsed since the first dose, administer the second dose as soon as possible. You should not restart the vaccine series."
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Old 06-18-2020, 07:42 PM
 
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Nope.

https://gskpro.com/en-us/products/shingrix/dosing/

"If more than 6 months have elapsed since the first dose, administer the second dose as soon as possible. You should not restart the vaccine series."
Thanks for this, I wondered but no time today to research. I see my doc for mid-year checkup in 2 weeks and will get her opinion. I am in NC and stay-at-home mode since forever, she will know what's happening in my area with Covid19. There has been an infection # increase since things re-opened.
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Old 06-18-2020, 07:53 PM
 
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Shingrix needs to be administered in 4-6 month intervals, in order to have the best protection. Think of it this way:

You want to paint your house. You use paint that requires two coats. The second coat "seals" in the color and allows it to be pristine looking for several years. You paint the first coat, and instead of painting the second coat within a week, you wait several months. By that time, some of the first coat has become dirty, and because it was only a thin first coat without that second coat to seal it and protect it, some of it has faded. It won't look as good, or last as long, as if you had done it correctly.

I got my Shingrix shots at CVS at their minute clinic. But you don't need privacy to get the shot, it's given in the upper arm. They could give it to me in the middle of the produce aisle for all I care. I'm there for immunity, not a photo shoot.
The problem is other people...no masks, no store requirement to wear them although employees do, my area has had a upward spike in infections since re-opening has been allowed of many more businesses.

My first shot was in January and I had to take off several layers of clothes just to get to my upper arm, in public, grocery carts moving past and sick people waiting at the pharmacy counter and on the bench next to it (where they give shots) to get their meds. Not something I want to repeat now in a pandemic. It felt very third world. Why can't my doctor's nurse give me this shot? How do I know the hygiene of the person behind the counter giving me this shot, who also touches the cash register, credit card machine, etc, etc.

I paid $165 for the first shot it felt like I was in a county low-budget clinic.
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Old 06-19-2020, 05:04 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I managed to get my #1 Shingrix vaccine end of January but other matters delayed me getting #2 Shingrix 2 months after #1 (that's the soonest can do it) and then Covid19 came to roost.

I just got a reminder from the pharmacy to get my butt in there for #2 shot before the 6 month deadline end of July. I'd already decided to go to different pharmacy because original pharmacy gives shots next to grocery aisle, no private room. Yes weird, but I didn't know that before doing it.

So I called the better pharmacy (they have private room) to schedule and they said CDC is saying don't rush to get Shingrix because it lowers immune system for some time. So first pharmacy says "come in ASAP" whereas second pharmacy says "wait a bit." I think I will go with "wait a bit" pharmacy advice.

Any other C-D'rs have this dilemma?
I thought I remembered you replying on the big thread in retirement but am not seeing you replying.

Did you have a reaction with the 1st one? Some people do and some don't. I did, it almost killed me. I can't have the 2nd shot.

Most people get the vaccine on a Friday because they have side effects Saturday and part of Sunday. Side effects are feeling like you have body aches, headache, just run down. By Sunday night they're fine.

How is your general health? Are you working from home?

I would wait until the end of July just to be safe since it doesn't sound like your town/state is doing all that NJ is.
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Old 06-19-2020, 05:17 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Nope.

https://gskpro.com/en-us/products/shingrix/dosing/

"If more than 6 months have elapsed since the first dose, administer the second dose as soon as possible. You should not restart the vaccine series."

I sit corrected.
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