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Old 02-05-2019, 11:14 AM
 
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Got both shots about a year ago. Guess I was lucky in having no delays compared to now. Sore for about a day after, and flu like symptom for a day. Good after that.
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I posted about my experience in a now closed thread. I had never had any reaction to any vaccine, ever. But I felt bad for a few days after the second Shingrix.

I was back to normal in a about three days.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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My friend in NM asked me about the (uncommon) side effects I had. Mine were over the top and I still have arm/shoulder pain but never considered it might be due to previous mastectomy on that side, with lymph nodes removed.

Anyway, she said her friend there ended up in the hospital after the shot. No details. but they decided not to do it at all.

BTW, the CDC called me to talk about my (uncommon) side effects. I was impressed that they cared !
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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My wife and I finally got the second shot today. She went in for her monthly allergy shot and it turned out they got a whopping 50 doses in the day before so we jumped on it. They told us it doesn't matter how long apart the shots are, both shots are the same. Right now my arm is a little sore, but less than some other vaccinations. No redness or swelling yet either but I'll see how it feels in the next day or two.

One thing that was different from the first shot - this time both my wife and I felt a stinging sensation when the shot was administered. I don't remember having that the first time
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Old 02-15-2019, 05:52 PM
 
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My friend in NM asked me about the (uncommon) side effects I had. Mine were over the top and I still have arm/shoulder pain but never considered it might be due to previous mastectomy on that side, with lymph nodes removed.
I'm very surprised that you got the shot in that arm. I had a double mastectomy (one prophylactic) in 2010 and my surgeon cautioned me at the very start that from now on I should always have any shots, blood draws, and even BP readings done only on the "clean" (non cancer) arm. And I only had the sentinel nodes removed from the cancer side. Maybe some docs don't consider sentinel node removal a risk factor but my surgeon (a breast cancer specialist) does.

I always tell docs that everything has to be done on the other (no nodes removed) arm, even though that arm is my dominant one (right arm/right handed.)
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:23 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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My wife and I finally got the second shot today. She went in for her monthly allergy shot and it turned out they got a whopping 50 doses in the day before so we jumped on it. They told us it doesn't matter how long apart the shots are, both shots are the same. Right now my arm is a little sore, but less than some other vaccinations. No redness or swelling yet either but I'll see how it feels in the next day or two.

One thing that was different from the first shot - this time both my wife and I felt a stinging sensation when the shot was administered. I don't remember having that the first time
Both shots are the same no matter when you get them. But to be effective, they're supposed to be two to six months apart.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Anyone had trouble FINDING an available vaccine?

One place told me they had 100 people on a waiting list...
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I got the Zostavax. No problems other than a sore arm.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:20 PM
 
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Anyone had trouble FINDING an available vaccine?

One place told me they had 100 people on a waiting list...
I think many here have had to wait for it. I got on a waiting list for shot #1 last June or July and was finally able to get the shot 3 days after Christmas
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Old 02-16-2019, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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I had the old one when I turned 60, and when this one came out I was back at my doctor signing up for Shingrix. First shot I had sore arm (like a bee sting red spot) for a couple days and felt "off" like I was coming down with something for 24 hours afterwards. Ice and Tylenol helped. Second shot I was "waiting" for the scenario to happen again and it didn't~not sure if it was different arm or different pharmacist, but no reactions at all. I

called around one day, and the first place that said they had some, I said I'd be there in 20 minutes and dashed. Did the same thing 3 months later and got lucky again on the 4th try. Some places will take your name and call you when it comes in (my local Costco offered to do this for me when I called).

I've seen many people suffer miserably with shingles, so it's a scare tactic that I took seriously. Had a walloping case of chicken pox as a kid and didn't want to have a bad case of shingles. The pharmacist and my NP both said this is a great vaccine with a 90-95% effectiveness rate.
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