Got my flu shot. Got my booster. But I've put off getting the shingles vaccine because ... well, no good reason.
I plan to get it done in the next couple of weeks. Shingles is a real bitch.
Has anyone had it done? Any side effects immediately after?
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Got my flu shot. Got my booster. But I've put off getting the shingles vaccine because ... well, no good reason.
I plan to get it done in the next couple of weeks. Shingles is a real bitch.
Has anyone had it done? Any side effects immediately after?
|by Anonymous||reply 147||October 21, 2021 3:35 PM|
I’m 56 and got the vaccine within the past year. I had no reactions. It’s a 2-part vaccine. Older family members including my father have gotten shingles. It’s very painful. Stress can bring it on. Get the shot if you can.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||October 10, 2021 12:24 AM|
Good luck OP!
|by Anonymous||reply 2||October 10, 2021 12:33 AM|
Shingles is awful. The shots are nothing. Get them as fast as you can. Shingles is not only painful, it's disgusting.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||October 10, 2021 12:35 AM|
What the hell brought this sudden disgustingness on?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||October 10, 2021 12:36 AM|
When I’ve asked my doctor about a vaccine, he’s referred me to a drug store where I can purchase it. Have others been able to get the vaccine at their doctor’s office?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||October 10, 2021 12:37 AM|
One of my friends said his doctor sort of scoffed at him getting the shingles shot. WTF? There is no downside I could find when I researched it and so I got mine last November and then my 2d in May. No way I am playing with that shit.
Actually thank you OP for bringing some reality to it all.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||October 10, 2021 12:47 AM|
Felt shitty the day after each shot and my arm hurt for a couple days afterwards worse than from any other shot I've had. My doctor did tell me not to plan anything for the day after the shot and I'm glad I didn't. Shingrex us known to have these type of side effects. But who knows, maybe you won't have any.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||October 10, 2021 12:49 AM|
I was just wondering this, too. I got my flu shot, saw the option for Shingles and decided not to get it. I did have Chicken pox as a kid so I probably should. I'm 52.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||October 10, 2021 12:50 AM|
Got the shot several years back. Then, it was a single shot.
I had a moderate outbreak of the shingles prior to the shot. It was painful and was prescribed a topical treatment from the physician.
Later, I had a few sores (3 or 4) appear on my stomach post-vacine, a couple of years ago. Nothing since.
Shingles is awful. Take the shots if you are 50+.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||October 10, 2021 12:50 AM|
Is there a certain age you're supposed to get this vaccine at?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||October 10, 2021 12:50 AM|
Had the shingles and it didn’t look like THAT - damn! 🤮
It sucked and I felt like shit. Oddly enough, my brother, my cousins and I have all had shingles (in our 20s and early 30s) but my mother and aunt (in their 60s) haven’t. They both keep saying they’re going to get the vaccine, but they haven’t yet.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||October 10, 2021 12:52 AM|
[quote]They both keep saying they’re going to get the vaccine, but they haven’t yet.
That's my thing. I don't know why I haven't just done it.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||October 10, 2021 12:54 AM|
60 and over is what I was told. First shot, just injection site pain. Second shot—middle of the night woke up with pain and flu like symptoms. They went away in another 36 hours. Still glad I got it.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||October 10, 2021 12:54 AM|
Timely! I go in for my first dose Monday. Then back in December for the second. I'm also getting a TDap booster Monday.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||October 10, 2021 12:56 AM|
I had the 2 Shingrix shots a couple years ago. I think at the time it was recommended at age 60, but now it might be 50. Only side effect was a sore arm for a week or so after the first shot.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||October 10, 2021 12:59 AM|
Shingles is a horrible disease, I’ve seen people go blind because they got it in their eye. If you’re 50+ I would definitely recommend the Shingrix vaccine. May feel bad for a day or two afterward but is well worth it!
|by Anonymous||reply 16||October 10, 2021 1:00 AM|
First shot was painless with no side affects. Second one hurt for three days and I felt mildly like crap for 24 hours. But glad I did it.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||October 10, 2021 1:21 AM|
I got vaxxed for shingles, 2 shot, IIRC.
[quote] One of my friends said his doctor sort of scoffed at him getting the shingles shot. WTF?
My doctor didn't scoff, but was like: OK, if you really want this vaccine ... I was thinking WTF as well.
The side effects from the Moderna Covid vax were worse than the shingles vax, IME.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||October 10, 2021 1:30 AM|
I had been debating the two shots. CVC charges $234 each. Yikes! But after seeing that pix, I’m going tomorrow.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||October 10, 2021 1:33 AM|
Husband and I just got our first shingles shot a couple of weeks ago. Arm hurt like hell for a couple of days. Will get the second shot in two or three months, then will be good for life. You DO NOT want shingles.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||October 10, 2021 1:35 AM|
Shingles is very treatable if you take medicine right away. It’s the “wait and see” that gets you because then it’s too late.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||October 10, 2021 1:37 AM|
Age guideline have been lowered for the shingles vaccine. It used to be a one-shot, very expensive vaccine (it still may be) and had to be refrigerated. It was only recommended it for those age 65 and older, with some doctors giving it to patients at 60-65.
Now those 50 years and older can get the shingles vaccine. The vaccine is two shots spaced six months apart. And it's good for life.
I got my double shot. No side effects at all, not even a sore arm. Get it done. You'll be glad you did.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||October 10, 2021 1:39 AM|
My parents (60s) both recently got theirs at the local CVS - they went to schedule flu shots and the pharmacist said they could get shingles shots there too, so they went back a week later.
Mom had some minor flu-like side effects, Dad did not, jiust sore arm.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||October 10, 2021 1:41 AM|
^^Ha! I remember now my dad said the worst side effect is he wound up on CVS's email list and they spam him twice a day despite hitting unsubscribe every time.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||October 10, 2021 1:43 AM|
R9 if you had the single shot, that is a not very effective vaccine compared to the shingrix two shot vaccine, you can get both, I had the single shot before shingrix came out and then got the two shot shingrix. You should consider getting shingrix too it is way more effective than the one shot vaccine.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||October 10, 2021 1:45 AM|
I like the fact that the vaccine's name is relevant to the disease. Most drugs have weird made up names and you have no idea what they treat. Plus, it's a cute name!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||October 10, 2021 1:45 AM|
I had no idea it was good for life. Now I'm going to get it.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||October 10, 2021 1:49 AM|
Good for you, R19. If you compare the cost of the vaccine to the cost of actually getting shingles, you're coming out ahead. (Cost of shingles: being incapacitated for a while, etc.)
|by Anonymous||reply 28||October 10, 2021 1:53 AM|
I got the single shot version as soon as I became eligible at 60, then got the Shingrex in 2 doses 6 months apart as soon as it became available 3 years ago. No reaction to any of them and the shots were free at my HMO. The disease is nothing to fool around with so I think everyone should get vaccinated if they can, no matter what.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||October 10, 2021 1:57 AM|
Shots are nothing.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||October 10, 2021 1:58 AM|
Shingles can be wha-a-a-?! I love that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||October 10, 2021 2:00 AM|
Shingles can be wha-a-a-a?!hee her, I love that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||October 10, 2021 2:02 AM|
I got shingles in my late 30s. A boyfriend diagnosed it, I got drugs right away, and it was incredibly painful. The nerve damage is still there.
I got the shot as soon as I turned 50. I had a 100 degree fever and aches and chills. It was nothing compared to shingles - and I had a mild case.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||October 10, 2021 2:04 AM|
And here I thought only old people got shingles
|by Anonymous||reply 34||October 10, 2021 2:05 AM|
If that picture from OP was a COVID symptom, the whole world would be vaccinated in a week.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||October 10, 2021 2:05 AM|
Had shingles went to the dermatologist who diagnosed it and put me on Valtrex which cleared it up. If caught early it won't spread. I had it on my chest and it was itchy and the size of a dime and my arms ached for days. My friend who never had shingles was hospitalized after receiving the first shot of the vaccine with rapid heart beat and fever. If you've never had chicken pox avoid people with shingles it could cause you to get chicken pox, but unlike herpes which is caused by the same virus you cannot spread shingles and shingles doesn't reoccur like herpes in the majority of cases. I had it over 20 years ago and don't plan to get the shot. I know several other people who had shingles and who recovered without any adverse effects and from what I've seen it looks nothing like the photo above. It can look like a small scab. One of my friends had it on his forehead and it caused him headaches and if untreated it could have spread to the eye area.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||October 10, 2021 2:08 AM|
Get the vax, it is far superior to the previous version. It's even highly effective at older decades. You don't want shingles - you just don't know if you'll get a mild version or a really devastating one - and if you do get a devastating one you can't count on getting sufficient pain relief in this anti-pain-med climate.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||October 10, 2021 2:11 AM|
[quote]I had been debating the two shots. CVC charges $234 each. Yikes! But after seeing that pix, I’m going tomorrow.
There's no generic version. Check GoodRx for prices in your area. In mine it ranges from $140 to $210 depending where you get it.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||October 10, 2021 2:11 AM|
Does Medicare pay any of the cost?
|by Anonymous||reply 39||October 10, 2021 2:18 AM|
So you have to go to CVS? You can’t get it at your doctor’s office, even if that’s where you get your flu shot?
|by Anonymous||reply 40||October 10, 2021 2:18 AM|
Thank you thank you THANK YOU r38. $65 savings from their quoted price. Hug.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||October 10, 2021 2:18 AM|
It’s the “wait and see” that gets you because then it’s too late.
Yep, just get the stupid shot even if you have to pay for it.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||October 10, 2021 2:22 AM|
I didn't have any side effects immediately after. For a few days after the first shot I felt like I had a cold. I had no side effects from the second shot.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||October 10, 2021 2:25 AM|
If you haven't had the shot, keep some Tagamet on hand in case of an outbreak, it can help lessen duration and severity. PubMed articles on this but this is easier to read.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||October 10, 2021 2:27 AM|
[quote]Thank you thank you THANK YOU [R38]. $65 savings from their quoted price. Hug.
You're welcome! The first time I used GoodRx for a non-generic I saved more than $100 by driving two miles farther to a supermarket pharmacy. It's a great service.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||October 10, 2021 2:30 AM|
I was thinking about this today. I'm 50 and was wondering if I should get the shot. Then I thought that since I had Chicken Pox as a kid that I would be fine, but I just Googled and it said that chicken pox as a kid doesn't protect you. I guess I'll get the shot.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||October 10, 2021 2:34 AM|
You can get the vaccine at the pharmacy at Walgreens.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||October 10, 2021 2:36 AM|
R46 Shingles occurs only in people who have had chicken pox.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||October 10, 2021 2:36 AM|
[quote] Does Medicare pay any of the cost?
Yes. Completely free if you have Medicare B. I had MC B with a Kaiser supplemental or advantage whatever it's called in the DC area. Along with my other free shots: pneumonia shot, my dTap and my flu shots. And, of course, Cvoid.
Hell MC paid for my lyft ride to and from Kaiser to get my Covid shots. YES!!! The clinic I usually walk to on 23rd Street wasn't giving out Covid shots. Just the one near Union Station.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||October 10, 2021 2:39 AM|
Medicare D should cover the cost after your deductible and copay, R39.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||October 10, 2021 2:44 AM|
This is R50, I meant B, not D, sorry.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||October 10, 2021 2:47 AM|
Vaccines are not subject to deductibles or copays - at least not with my MC.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||October 10, 2021 2:51 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 53||October 10, 2021 2:55 AM|
My doctor encouraged me to get the vaccine, so I did earlier this year. I had no side effects after the first shot and a case of chills after the second, but otherwise it was fine. Glad I got it.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||October 10, 2021 2:56 AM|
I remember David letterman got shingles years ago and was sidelined from his show for a month because of how bad it was.
My grandmother had it and she was in horrible pain.
Get the vaccine. Both my parents got it with no issues. I will get it as soon as I’m eligible.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||October 10, 2021 3:05 AM|
Thanks, r49 and r51.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||October 10, 2021 3:07 AM|
R10 you're supposed to get this after age 50. One of my friends just got it at the doctor's office.
He told me that the first shot was not bad, just sore arm for 2 days. 2nd shot, he was tired for 2 days, arm was sore for 3 days and there was a redness and swelling near injection site (all normal side effects).
|by Anonymous||reply 57||October 10, 2021 3:10 AM|
R5 Your doctor is a quack
|by Anonymous||reply 58||October 10, 2021 3:12 AM|
I have had both the single shot and the Shingrix double shot. With Shingrix, it was only the second shot that I had flu-like symptoms the day after. I got the vaccines before I was on Medicare, but my insurance completely covered the cost.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||October 10, 2021 3:12 AM|
I was a little fatigued after the 2nd shot but that was it.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||October 10, 2021 3:20 AM|
I’m 51 & am scheduling my Shingrix shot in the next couple weeks. I know a few people who’ve had horrible cases of shingles, & my mother knows someone who lost an eye from it. Scary!
|by Anonymous||reply 61||October 10, 2021 3:23 AM|
[quote] I had been debating the two shots. CVC charges $234 each. Yikes! But after seeing that pix, I’m going tomorrow
Most health insurance plans cover it at 100% as it is considered routine preventative treatment. Even at $468 it’s worth not having to go through it. Sometimes it can last up to several months. My next door neighbor took 4 1/2 months to get over it.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||October 10, 2021 3:26 AM|
[quote] First shot was painless with no side affects. Second one hurt for three days and I felt mildly like crap for 24 hours. But glad I did it.
Same here. After the second shot, felt kinda crappy so just took the day of work and lounged around watching movies.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||October 10, 2021 3:30 AM|
R25 is right. The previous shingles vaccine used to be a one-shot.
The new shingles vaccine is a two-shot spaced six months apart. If you previously had the one-shot, you still can and should get the newer two-shot vaccine. It doesn't do you any harm. The two-shot is more effective and good for life.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||October 10, 2021 3:39 AM|
My friend (47 yr old female) got shingles from the shingles vaccine.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||October 10, 2021 3:41 AM|
I got both shots at CVS and paid cash. Sore arm the next day, that was it.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||October 10, 2021 3:50 AM|
I'm very open to correction but I've read the old one shot vaccine had less than a 50% effectiveness rate but that two shot Shingrex vaccine is around 98% successful.
Am I talking out of my drunk Saturday night ass and should go to bed?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||October 10, 2021 3:53 AM|
I had the 2-shot shingles vaccine. I get every vaccine I can. Fuck people who don’t.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||October 10, 2021 3:55 AM|
[quote] Zostavax (the old vaccine now recalled) is a live vaccine given as a single injection, usually in the upper arm. Shingrix (the current vaccine) is a nonliving vaccine made of a virus component. It's given in two doses, with two to six months between doses.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||October 10, 2021 4:12 AM|
R65. fake news.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||October 10, 2021 4:13 AM|
r70 Not fake news douchebag
|by Anonymous||reply 71||October 10, 2021 4:15 AM|
Well as I posted above, the old vaccine did have a live virus. I suppose it is possible that in rare cases it could haev happened.
But the new one is not live so that possibility is now gone.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||October 10, 2021 4:25 AM|
So is the old one shot vaccine really that ineffective compared to the new one? Has it really been discontinued?
|by Anonymous||reply 73||October 10, 2021 4:25 AM|
R73, yes, it was taken off market.
you cannot get shingles from the shingles vaccine dumb ass @ R71
Shingrix is 97% effective at preventing shingles in adults aged 50 to 69 years old. so if you are unlucky, you may still get it.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||October 10, 2021 4:29 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 75||October 10, 2021 4:35 AM|
When I was researching the shingles vaccine in the summer of 2019 the old vaccine was still being administered and I read the remaining batches had an expiration date in November 2019 which meant it was possible it was still being administered and that was allowed. When I went to Kaiser the old vaccine was still valid and so I asked Kaiser and they said no they had been using the new one, Shingrix.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||October 10, 2021 4:40 AM|
The Americans and their many diseases.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||October 10, 2021 4:54 AM|
Absolutely get the vaccine. I have cheap health insurance and it was free, and I got it at my local drug store. I've known 3 people who have suffered with shingles and each one begged me to take the vaccine. Any minor inconvenience is nothing. The unbelievable pain, sores and grief of shingles is a nightmare. Get vaxxed as soon as possible. YOU DO NOT WANT SHINGLES.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||October 10, 2021 5:02 AM|
Yes I got ut as soon as I turned 50.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||October 10, 2021 5:05 AM|
[quote] One of my friends said his doctor sort of scoffed at him getting the shingles shot. WTF?
I just had a friend say the same thing. I think these anti-vaxxers hear what they want to hear.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||October 10, 2021 6:09 AM|
R67 said that the Shingrix shots are 98% effective but r74 said they are only 97% effective.
Well, which is it? I don't want to waste my money, damn it.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||October 10, 2021 6:28 AM|
They are where my mom lives R52, for some reason the doctor doesn't give a lot of vaccines, so I have to take her to the pharmacy. The doctor did do the COVID vaccine for free, tho.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||October 10, 2021 6:41 AM|
CORRECTION: That was summer of 2020 not summer of 2019. And I got my first Shingrix Nov 2020 and my second this past May 2021.
ANNOUNCEMENT: I have somehow lost a fucking year. No idea where I put it. If you see it, please send it along back to me. TIA.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||October 10, 2021 6:49 AM|
It's ok R83. I relate! Thanks for the laugh.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||October 10, 2021 7:26 AM|
What's a year among friends?
|by Anonymous||reply 85||October 10, 2021 7:29 AM|
I stopped being a pothead in the 1980s because I realized I was starting to forget certain things, like 1978, 1979, 1980....
|by Anonymous||reply 86||October 10, 2021 7:33 AM|
I'm gonna do my own research.
My cousin's friend's balls blew up.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||October 10, 2021 7:39 AM|
I'm 56 and got my first dose on Wednesday. My arm has been sore for the past few days (still a little tender) and I felt a little blah that evening. The pharmacist said to return in two months for the second dose.
I had a small outbreak of shingles in my mid-20s. A patch about the size of a quarter came up on my shoulder blade. Treated it with Valtrex and it kept it from spreading. But to this day I'll sometimes feel a sharp pain in that spot, especially when I'm stressed or tired.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||October 10, 2021 8:14 AM|
I got the Shingrix vaccine earlier this year. First dose, my arm was sore and tender for several days and my arm was bright red near the injection site (looked like it was sunburned) for about four days. Second dose, I felt like I had the flu for about two days and then felt extra tired for a day after that.
Insurance completely covered both shots.
Very grateful I got it because a few months later, my life was super stressful. It might have triggered a shingles outbreak without the vaccine. Short term discomfort was more than worth not getting shingles. My best friend and my aunt both had shingles several years ago and were in agony for months.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||October 10, 2021 10:18 AM|
While this looks like an interesting thread, I’ve got to block it. I don’t want to see that nasty ass picture: OP would’ve done just as well showing a nurse injecting a needle into a patient’s arm.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||October 10, 2021 10:59 AM|
50 here and I had my first jab at Costco (in conjunction with the flu shot in the other arm) last week. I had flu like symptoms for about 24 hours and soreness around the injection site for several days.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||October 10, 2021 12:55 PM|
OP, the best way to avoid seeing pictures is to uncheck the "show link previews" box in your "settings". Too bad you won't see this post, now that you've blocked this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||October 10, 2021 12:55 PM|
ER RN here. Have had patients come back to ED after initial outbreak with what will most likely be long term chronic pain at site. Chicken pox virus lies dormant in a nerve root and with Shingles, follows that nerve path. My mother had a large trail of sores from mid back, under her arm to her chest. Super painful. Some kids will get just a few spots with Chicken pox and others are covered. Same with Shingles. Get the shots. You don't know which expression you'll have.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||October 10, 2021 3:11 PM|
R93, I never had Chicken pox. should I get the chicken pox vaccine? how effective is that?
|by Anonymous||reply 94||October 10, 2021 3:16 PM|
Most doctor's offices do not have the shingles vaccine. You have to go to a pharmacy, and a lot of private insurances in America don't cover it, it can run you $200 or so. I'm not sure about Medicare.
Whatever, it's worth it. You do NOT, repeat NOT want shingles.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||October 10, 2021 3:25 PM|
[quote] I never had Chickenpox. should I get the chickenpox vaccine? how effective is that?
R94, According to John Hopkins:
If you've never had chicken pox, no. If you did not get chicken pox as a child, don't get either vaccinations, it is likely that you are immune to the disease. It's very rare to give an adult the vaccine for chicken pox. Adults do not do well with childhood vaccinations because they can end up with complications.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||October 10, 2021 4:21 PM|
R96 that link seem out of date and possibly referring to the original vaccine because it references "live" virus and 50% effectiveness rate.
I have the same question: What if you don't remember ever getting the chicken pox but also may have gotten the chicken pox vaccine but don't remember? should you get the Shingrix vaccine?
|by Anonymous||reply 97||October 10, 2021 4:34 PM|
More up to date info from CDC on Shingrix but this is a bit confusing
Under WHO SHOUDL GET IT: [quote]You can get Shingrix whether or not you remember having had chickenpox in the past. Studies show that more than 99% of Americans 40 years and older have had chickenpox, even if they don’t remember having the disease.
But then under who should NOT GET IT:
[quote] tested negative for immunity to varicella zoster virus. If you test negative, you should get chickenpox vaccine.
It sounds like if you really don't know if you had chickenpox you should get the antibody test first?
|by Anonymous||reply 98||October 10, 2021 4:50 PM|
R97, you can get a blood test to find out if you ever had chicken pox.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||October 10, 2021 5:33 PM|
One of my cousins (he had shingles in college) never had the chickenpox - he got the varicella vaccine as a baby.
So you can get shingles even if you got the chickenpox vaccine and not actual chickenpox.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||October 10, 2021 10:24 PM|
I plan to get it but I want to get my flu shot in the next week and my Pfizer booster in early November when I am due, so I'd like to space it a bit and maybe get Shingrix in early December.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||October 10, 2021 10:27 PM|
SHRIEK! SHRIIIIEEEKKKKKK! I can't cope with reality! Hide the OP picture! Waaaah!
|by Anonymous||reply 102||October 10, 2021 10:29 PM|
I got the shingles two-shot shingles vaccine a couple of years ago spaced six months apart as recommended by my doctor. However, I have seen several responses on this thread agreeing with me stating the shots are six months apart, but there are other responses saying that it's two shots spaced two months apart.
Why the difference in the interval time period regarding the same shingles vaccine?
|by Anonymous||reply 103||October 10, 2021 11:16 PM|
[quote] you can get a blood test to find out if you ever had chicken pox.
They don't do that. They just give you the shots. I asked specifically about that.
The outer limit is 6 months apart for best effectiveness. No later than 6 months. You have to wait some time after the initial one - unsure how long - but you don't have to wait 6 months or even 4 or 5 IIRC.
There is no reason you can't get the flu and shingrix shot the same time. I think I got those together or some combo - last year I got flu & pneumonia first visit then Tdap & Shingrix 2d visit two weeks later. Plus skin tag burned off back by Dr. and full blood work and stool sample for cancer collected at home submitted. Sorry TMI. That was a busy day and it took no time at all. Very efficient. Waked home in perfect fall weather.
You should try to get good sleep the week before any vaccine shot - sleep is important for your immune system and it is ideal to have your immune system in good working order when you get a vaccine shot. Sadly when I learned that all I could think of was if I was getting enough sleep which caused me not to get sleep. LOL
|by Anonymous||reply 104||October 10, 2021 11:53 PM|
I'm aware of Shingles obviously, but I've never seen an actual breakout until now. Apparently, they're really as bad as reported. Yikes.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||October 10, 2021 11:59 PM|
I got my first Shingrix shot in Oct. 2020. Second shot in Feb. 2021.
When I went to pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy in Feb., the pharmacist said it was time for the second shot. So, I got it right then.
Within about 45 minutes, I could feel my body reacting to the shot. So, I went to the grocery store and stocked up on things, prepared to stay home for the next two days. By time I got home, about 3 hours after getting the shot, I had a the chills. Went to bed right away and spent the next two days feeling like I had the flu, complete with at 101 degree fever.
Luckily, the pharmacist had warned me I would likely have a strong reaction to the second shot, based on the fact that my arm had been so sore and had turned red after the first shot.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||October 11, 2021 12:58 AM|
R103 That’s a good question, so I checked out the clinical trials at clinicaltrials.gov. There are 26 completed Shingrix trials. Most used the 2-month gap, and other studies had 1, 2, 3, and/or 6 month gaps. One trial compared 1, 2, and 6 months and found 2 and 6 months to be comparable. Hence the CDC recommendation of 2 to 6 months. A general characteristic of vaccine responses is that a longer gap between shots gives more durable immunity, so that may be why the general recommendation is 6 months.
With COVID-19, there was too much of an emergency to wait for long gaps between shots in the initial clinical trials. The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine gap was 4 weeks in the early trials, and subsequently, 12 weeks was found to be better. Then the UK government pushed it longer to give as many people as possible their first shot, based on no specific data but on the general principle I stated above about longer gaps. It turned out OK as the longer gap did not diminish the response compared with a 12 week gap.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||October 11, 2021 1:02 AM|
Does anyone know why you are supposed to be 50 or older to get the vaccine? Plenty of younger get people get shingles too.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||October 11, 2021 1:07 AM|
This thread is greyed out now.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||October 11, 2021 1:08 AM|
I'm glad it's greyed out because although this is a useful topic that people should know about, that picture was disgusting. (And I've had shingles.)
(To answer R108, shingles is much more serious and painful in older people, although I don't see why younger people shouldn't get the vaccine too.)
|by Anonymous||reply 110||October 11, 2021 1:35 AM|
I hope all of the fucking MARYS! that couldn't handle what a bad case of shingles looks like and so they F&F'd the thread, all get a bad case of shingles. That photo for some people might have prompted to get the vaccine.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||October 11, 2021 1:38 AM|
R110 I actually thought the original photo was smallpox rather than shingles, but either way, it’s a terrible disease and worth whatever short-term side effects some people get from vaccination.
Some of the clinical trials I summarized in R107 enrolled subjects as low as age 50, so maybe the goal is to successively seek approval for lower and lower ages.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||October 11, 2021 2:02 AM|
I had the Shingrix vaccine last year. The second shot was the one that gave me side effects. It wasn't anything intolerable, but I felt nauseated for about a week afterward.
I also had a mild, brief bout of shingles in my 20s, like a couple of others above. It came up as two quarter-size outbreaks in different places on my body, and I had no idea what it was until I went to a dermatologist. He took about a nanosecond to diagnose it and put me on Valtrex, which took care of it quickly. No aftereffects except a white scar (I'm white, so it really didn't show) on my inner thigh that's faded away over the years. I knew an old lady who got shingles, though, and severe pain lingered for her for well over a year. Maybe even multiple years--I can't remember.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||October 11, 2021 2:21 AM|
[quote]They don't do that. They just give you the shots. I asked specifically about that.
What if you get Shingrix vaccine and you never had chicken pox?
|by Anonymous||reply 114||October 11, 2021 3:26 AM|
R114 I know this article has been posted before, but this excerpt seems to address your question. You can still get the vaccine if you never had chicken pox, or if you did have it:
"You can get Shingrix whether or not you remember having had chickenpox in the past. Studies show that more than 99% of Americans 40 years and older have had chickenpox, even if they don’t remember having the disease.'
|by Anonymous||reply 115||October 11, 2021 3:58 AM|
R155 I agree. Everyone should get Shingrix. But that doesn't answer the question R114 poses.
Does anything happen to your body if you never had chicken pox different than if you had the pox? Does it work more effectively, less effectively, are there side effects one should be looking for. For instance, have they been taking stats of those who did not have c pox? How can they even know unless they test you for the antibodies? Or don't they bother because it doesn't hurt you one way or the other?
I would think in trials they would have tested participants for antibodies and would know how it affects both groups.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||October 11, 2021 4:47 AM|
Not that this is of any interest to anyone, but I got the first Shingles shot first thing this morning after seeing that photo last night. I know, MARY! Note, I tried to use the Good Rx “coupon” and neither CVS or Walgreens would honor it. So full $203.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||October 11, 2021 6:49 PM|
You did the right thing. It's well worth it.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||October 11, 2021 6:51 PM|
Sigh. I'm too young to get the shingles vaccine.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||October 11, 2021 11:07 PM|
Thanks R116 that's exactly what I'm trying to understand
|by Anonymous||reply 120||October 12, 2021 12:32 AM|
R92 thanks for the settings tip. Trolls post disgusting things you can’t unsee sometimes.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||October 12, 2021 2:33 AM|
I got my second dose this morning. A wave of fatigue hit me about four hours later, followed by a mild headache, low-grade fever, slight muscle and joint aches, and a couple episodes of chills — pretty much the exact same reaction I had to the second dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. I felt fine the next day after Pfizer, so we’ll see if that pattern holds.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||October 12, 2021 2:47 AM|
Holy hell. I got my first dose this morning then went to work. In the early afternoon I felt a headache coming on. Then I remembered the shot. Now, some ten hours later, my arm is sore as fuck. I’ll still get dose #2 in December. But I never have a sore arm after a shot.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||October 13, 2021 2:38 AM|
Be sure to move your arm around, bend and straighten, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||October 13, 2021 5:51 PM|
No reaction to the Pfizer COVID vaccine, but yeah w/ Shingrix I had a fever for a day after both shots. I had shingles when I was 29 or so, and it's fucking miserable.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||October 13, 2021 5:54 PM|
I got both shots a couple of years ago. Felt *exhausted* the following day both times and took several naps. Felt perfectly fine after 36 hours. You do NOT want shingles -- get the damn shots.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||October 13, 2021 6:00 PM|
The pharmacist at Walgreens with whom I spoke recently said he recommends against doing the Shingrix shot with other vaccines in case of side effects.
If you've never had chickenpox at all, without a vaccination, there's a different vaccine for that! Shingrex is only for folks who've had chickenpox already
I had no reaction to either Pfizer shot. Planning on Shingrex #1 tomorrow with nothing much planned for a couple if days in case I feel lousy.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||October 13, 2021 8:01 PM|
R127, good luck.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||October 13, 2021 9:25 PM|
[quote] Shingrex is only for folks who've had chickenpox already
Most people have no idea if they had it or not. That's why they recommend everyone get it - especially if you're over 50 - the stats for those over 50 who have had it are astronomical.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||October 13, 2021 9:48 PM|
As a lot of armchair epidemiologists are leaning from COVID, having the vaccine doesn't mean you are 100% protected. It does mean that if you get shingles, it'll be less intense than it would have been otherwise.
I had the old shot (Zostavax?). Had to pay for it out of pocket. My GP said that once you hit 50, you should get the vaccine. A few years later, I got shingles. though I didn't know it at the time. A few blisters and intense pain/itch. It lasted for MONTHS. I went back (new GP) and was told "yeah, that vax didn't work as well as the new one". So I got the double shot. Thankfully, I had health insurance to cover these ones. Since then, the remaining nerve pain from the "old" infection still flares up from time to time. I can't imagine what full on shingles is like.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||October 14, 2021 2:06 PM|
everyone I know has had a terrible reaction - I'm more scared of it than the booster
|by Anonymous||reply 131||October 14, 2021 2:10 PM|
Why is this seemingly innocuous and helpful thread greyed out?
|by Anonymous||reply 132||October 14, 2021 2:41 PM|
R131, you don't know me but I had no reaction to Shingrex (2 shots) or its predecessor (1 shot). So take comfort that there's at least one person in my category and get Shingrex ASAP -- shingles sounds worse than the possible (but not inevitable) side effects of the shot.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||October 14, 2021 2:48 PM|
R131: I met a woman last night who told me she had no problem with the shingles, or covid, injections; instead she had a reaction to the flu shot!
|by Anonymous||reply 134||October 14, 2021 5:00 PM|
I would say my reaction was about the same for both Shingles vaccine as it was for the COVID shot. Sore arm, a little tired. No big deal. That said, everyone is different - and may react differently this year than last.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||October 14, 2021 5:38 PM|
Had my shot two hours ago... so far okay.
The pharmacist stressed that reactions to these types of injections are completely different, truly random.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||October 14, 2021 6:12 PM|
72 hours later: only reaction was site soreness that's steadily diminishing. Insurance paid 100% with Walgreens stating "You saved $200" on the receipt.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||October 17, 2021 3:07 PM|
OP here. Got my first Shingrix shot today. The shot was painless, but the aftereffects are an upper arm that simultaneously aches like hell and feels like it was shot up with novocaine. Very strange. And I rarely have reaction to flu shots, etc.
Still worth it!
|by Anonymous||reply 138||October 20, 2021 5:38 AM|
I was telling my mom earlier today that it felt as though instead of catching a baseball that landed in the bleachers, it had smacked me in the upper arm instead. She thought that was a pretty good analogy based on her experience. It's been five days, with the symptoms having disappeared entirely. Glad they have a few months' gap as I'm not up for doing this again soon.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||October 20, 2021 6:05 AM|
Had my second shot last month. Had a sore arm for a couple of days, that's it.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||October 20, 2021 11:35 AM|
My 64 year old sister just got the first of the 2 shingles shots and said it made her feel worse than when she had covid. She's reluctant to get the second shot.
She got it the same time as the flu vaccine, so maybe that was a factor.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||October 20, 2021 11:46 AM|
[quote]It’s very painful. Stress can bring it on.
Just smoke copious amounts of pot, silly!
|by Anonymous||reply 142||October 20, 2021 11:51 AM|
Interesting, R141. Almost exactly 24 hours after I had the flu shot, I started feeling draggy for the rest of the second day. When I got up on day three I was fine. A woman with whom I had talked the evening before getting my single shot told me that between shingles, covid, and flu shots, the last one knocked her out while the first two weren't particularly bad.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||October 20, 2021 12:19 PM|
What a bunch of crybabies. Get the shots. You'll regret you didn't if you get shingles. THEN you'll have something to cry about.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||October 20, 2021 4:20 PM|
You [italic]absolutely, postively[/italic] do [bold] NOT[/bold] want an outbreak anywhere near your eyes!
|by Anonymous||reply 145||October 20, 2021 5:01 PM|
"She got it the same time as the flu vaccine, so maybe that was a factor."
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