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Old Today, 04:50 AM
 
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On a semi-whim yesterday, I decided to get a shingles shot (because who wants to get shingles, right?) The pharmacist told me that “I may want to take it easy for a few days.” What he did not tell me was that I apparently had a 10% chance of coming down with the flu. I looked up the side effects online and saw that 10% of those who get a shot have “flu-like symptoms for up to 2-3 days.” All I can say at this point is that in its subjective experience, my body doesn’t really care if it is suffering from something that feels exactly like the flu (minus the sore throat) but is not actually the flu. For all intents and purposes I am basically suffering from a flu: fever, chills, myalgias, headache, mild nausea. Also, my entire arm hurts from the shoulder/armpit down to my wrist. I had an extremely hard time sleeping last night, even after taking Ibuprofen. This morning I am feeling just as horrible. I am literally writhing.

And now I need to get a second shot in 2-6 months. Oh joy.

Has anyone else had such a bad reaction to the shingles vaccine? Also. is it really worth it? Yes, I get that shingles is pretty horrible, but, unlike the flu, it’s a rare disease. Many people never get it in their lifetimes. The same cannot be said of the flu. Also, shingles is not contagious. I mean I could give someone the chicken pox if they haven’t been vaccinated or haven’t already had the disease, but there aren’t too many people left in this category.
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Old Today, 05:00 AM
 
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I felt flu-ish after the first shot, but nothing too awful. The second one had no side effects for me. Since I had shingles twice in my eye, it was definitely worth the discomfort.
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Old Today, 05:07 AM
 
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My husband had those symptoms for both vaccines, I am sorry to report. But, the alternative is worse. I have a friend who had shingles internally. He said that the pain was unbearable. Me, no reaction at all.
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Old Today, 08:03 AM
 
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I had pretty intense flu like symptoms for a couple of days after both immunizations. Both my mom and my brother had shingles, and I would have gone through worse than I did to prevent the sheer hell that they went through. Plus, hearing that some people get it in or both eyes, and blindness can result, was a good incentive as well.
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Old Today, 08:24 AM
 
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On a semi-whim yesterday, I decided to get a shingles shot (because who wants to get shingles, right?) The pharmacist told me that “I may want to take it easy for a few days.” What he did not tell me was that I apparently had a 10% chance of coming down with the flu. I looked up the side effects online and saw that 10% of those who get a shot have “flu-like symptoms for up to 2-3 days.” All I can say at this point is that in its subjective experience, my body doesn’t really care if it is suffering from something that feels exactly like the flu (minus the sore throat) but is not actually the flu. For all intents and purposes I am basically suffering from a flu: fever, chills, myalgias, headache, mild nausea. Also, my entire arm hurts from the shoulder/armpit down to my wrist. I had an extremely hard time sleeping last night, even after taking Ibuprofen. This morning I am feeling just as horrible. I am literally writhing.

And now I need to get a second shot in 2-6 months. Oh joy.

Has anyone else had such a bad reaction to the shingles vaccine? Also. is it really worth it? Yes, I get that shingles is pretty horrible, but, unlike the flu, it’s a rare disease. Many people never get it in their lifetimes. The same cannot be said of the flu. Also, shingles is not contagious. I mean I could give someone the chicken pox if they haven’t been vaccinated or haven’t already had the disease, but there aren’t too many people left in this category.

There are a few threads here about the vaccine, one in this section and a large one in retirement. Your side effect is pretty common. I was the same plus I had other symptoms for over a month. I detailed it in both threads. I'm also allergic to it, it started closing my throat within 15 minutes so I can't have a 2nd dose.

I've had shingles on my right eyelash, eyelid, eyebrow and head at age 51. It was miserable. It felt like an ice pic being driven into my eye. I went to the GP within hours of waking up with it. They were afraid I'd lose my eye so I had to see a specialist that day or the next too.

No one in my family has had shingles. You just never know if it will happen to you or not.

I hope that having it plus one dose will be enough to stop me from having shingles again. I've read that some people suffer from the pain for the rest of their lives.

Had I only had flu symptoms a few days I would have gotten the 2nd one, if my throat didn't almost close.

The shot can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome in some patients according to what I read this morning when I was reading about it with the J&J vaccine.

FDA slaps Guillain-Barré warning on GlaxoSmithKline's star vaccine Shingrix
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Old Today, 09:33 AM
 
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My unpleasant symptoms, mostly severe fatigue, went away in 24 hours. I didn't enjoy it.
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Old Today, 09:50 AM
 
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My doctor offered oxycodone for the 1st type of shingles vaccine. I declined bc opiates makes me extremely nauseated. When I had my wisdom teeth taken out 40years ago, I could not get out of bed for 5 days because of the extreme nausea.

My doctor offered opiates when I got shingles. Declined. Cure worse than the pain and discomfort.

If given the choice of the vaccine and 5 days of illness vs shingles,; Take the vaccine for $300, without hesitation.
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Old Today, 10:26 AM
 
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There are a few threads here about the vaccine, one in this section and a large one in retirement. Your side effect is pretty common. I was the same plus I had other symptoms for over a month. I detailed it in both threads. I'm also allergic to it, it started closing my throat within 15 minutes so I can't have a 2nd dose.

I've had shingles on my right eyelash, eyelid, eyebrow and head at age 51. It was miserable. It felt like an ice pic being driven into my eye. I went to the GP within hours of waking up with it. They were afraid I'd lose my eye so I had to see a specialist that day or the next too.

No one in my family has had shingles. You just never know if it will happen to you or not.

I hope that having it plus one dose will be enough to stop me from having shingles again. I've read that some people suffer from the pain for the rest of their lives.

Had I only had flu symptoms a few days I would have gotten the 2nd one, if my throat didn't almost close.

The shot can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome in some patients according to what I read this morning when I was reading about it with the J&J vaccine.

FDA slaps Guillain-Barré warning on GlaxoSmithKline's star vaccine Shingrix

I did search a couple of times before making this thread. The threads you refer to must be buried in along with the copious threads on the Covid vaccine. Anyway. sorry you went through that.

I am feeling a little better, but am pretty medicated at the moment. Still with the headache, myalgias, headache and fatigue. Basically just lying in bed all day trying to sleep. I have read that these side effects can last up to three days …

I understand that these symptoms are way better than getting shingles. But, I only know two other people who ever had shingles. I have read that up to one third of the population gets it. That is just not what I am seeing in my family/friend/acquaintance circle.

I just feel a little blindsided by this.
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Old Today, 10:39 AM
 
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First of all, I'm not sure what the purpose of this thread is. You've read that 10% of people get flu-like symptoms and unfortunately, you were one of the 10%. You'll live. (Oh, and I have to congratulate you on your typing ability while "literally writhing.")

Secondly, contrary to your statement, shingles is not a rare disease. According to the CDC, approximately 1/3 of the U.S. population will get shingles at some point in time. Moreover, among those who get shingles, more than one-third will develop serious complications. The risk of complications rises after 60 years of age.

So I think suffering with flu symptoms for a few days is a small price to pay for not having to go through the utter agony that shingles can bring. Now that could entail actual writhing.

But if you disagree, then simply don't go back for that second shingles vaccine.
Um, I suppose one of the points is that, as seems to be typical in our medical system, the side effects are down-played. To me, “flu-like” implies kinda like the flu but not nearly as bad. Now it is clear to me that “flu-like” means full on flu symptoms (minus the sore throat), but not actually caused by a flu virus. They could have said you may have symptoms as bad as the flu, but I am assuming they don’t because that level of honesty might discourage people from getting the vaccine.

Besides, the pharmacist toned it down even further, saying “I may feel tired” the day after the shot. That is a huge understatement. If I had known that I could get really sick, like writhing in bed sick, can’t focus on anything except “Oh my God, am I sick!” maybe I wouldn’t have gotten the vaccine vaccine when I had plans for the weekend. I mean it wasn’t an emergency. I could have just gotten the vaccine when I had not much planned.

Also, I have had many vaccines in my life and have never had a reaction this bad. Totally unexpected. People tend to get upset when pretty negative, totally unexpected stuff comes their way, when they could have been fully warned, but weren’t.

If those stats about shingles are true, how come I only know two people who have ever gotten it (out of a pretty large circle of family, friends and acquaintances.) The two people are one of my sisters-in-law and the band director at my church). I sincerely doubt 1/3 of the population actually gets shingles or at least the shingles everyone fears — massive pain, complications, blindness etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if a large percentage of this 30% actually had pretty mild cases, with some itching and irritation. In fact, this was something that my pharmacist was honest about. He said it (and I am assuming he meant severe shingles,) was a rare disease (unlike the flu which most everyone gets eventually.)

Also, FYI, my writhing was “actual.”

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Old Today, 11:48 AM
 
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Has anyone else had such a bad reaction to the shingles vaccine? Also. is it really worth it? Y
No side effects at all. My arm was sore with the second shot, and that's it.

Worth it? Even seen anyone suffer with shingles? Yes, it's worth it.
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