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Doctor insights on: Herpes Vaccine And Humira

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Can the shingles vaccine be taken with humira (adalimumab)?

Can the shingles vaccine be taken with  humira (adalimumab)?

Not a good idea: The shingles vaccincation (known as zostervax) is a live virus, therefore you would run the risk of infection from the vaccination itself. Any medication in the class of drugs like Humira (adalimumab) would be a no-no to receiving the shingles vaccine. This is the official published guidelines from rheumatologists that just came out in early 2012. ...Read more

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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Does any one know anything about the herpes zoster vaccine?

Does any one know anything about the  herpes zoster vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: About 30 percent of the population eventually has herpes zoster. About 15 percent of them have involvement of the tissue around the eye which can leave some people visually impaired. The vaccine is about 80 percent effective. Given the frequency of infection and possible severity the vaccine is recommended for anyone over age 50. If you have had shingles it is unlikely that you will get herpes zos. ...Read more

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Hi,Is there a available vaccine for herpes.I take acyclovir 400mg twice a day.The medication isn't successful.

Hi,Is there a available vaccine for herpes.I take acyclovir 400mg twice a day.The medication isn't successful.

No vaccine: At this time there isn't an available vaccination for the herpes virus. Even if there were, vaccinations protect you from acquiring a virus/illness - if you already have HSV a vaccination would not change that. ...Read more

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Why 3 shots of Cervarix for HPV? Will this last forever and I don't need to get the shots again? And is there a vaccine for Herpes?? I have HPV 16

Why 3 shots of Cervarix for HPV? Will this last forever and I don't need to get the shots again? And is there a vaccine for Herpes?? I have HPV 16

Immune stimulation: Research has shown dependable long term immunity with the three dose series while one or two would not consistently provide that benefit. Such is true with some vaccines, which push your immune system to work, but do not have the same stimulant effect as the actual disease.The infection would be a continuous trigger. No herpes vaccine is currently available. ...Read more

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Please advise what is known about herpes vaccines/cures currently being tested/developed?

Please advise what is known about herpes vaccines/cures currently being tested/developed?

See below: To date, there is no effective vaccine against the infection with herpes virus-1 or herpes virus-2 (genital herpes). Several therapeutic vaccine trials have been conducted to "boost" natural immunity in persons with prior HSV-2 infection in an effort to decrease recurrences without consistent beneficial results. ...Read more

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Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

No: No, someone with active zoster will not benefit from the herpes zoster vaccine, which is used for prevention, not treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

HPV vs VZV - vaccine: Human Papilloma Virus is responsible for cervical cancers & a host of other (rare) cancers as well. Good to get protected against that -esp. if you're young. Shingles vaccine (herpes zoster vaccine) protects against the chickenpox virus that causes zoster or 'Shingles'. No one wants to get that, although the data suggests we have a 1/3 life time risk. I believe in prevention -both vaccines r safe ...Read more

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Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Why ?????: Giving the vaccine to anyone with active shingles would be a waste of time, resources and effort. It would not treat the infection or benefit the recipient in any way. ...Read more

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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more