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Doctor insights on: How Long After Shingles Can You Get The Vaccine

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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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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I got shingles so should I get the vaccine?

Too late: The zoster vaccine is offered to boost immunity to prevent the shingles.An episode of shingles will boost your immunity for a few years by itself. Getting it after an outbreak would not provide much benefit. Doing so a few decades later may be helpful. ...Read more

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Had shingles at age 27, i'm 40, should I get a vaccine now?

Zostavax: The fda approved varicella-zoster vaccine (zostavax) for adults age 50 ; older. Talk with your physician about getting it at an earlier age. ...Read more

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I'm not 50 or older. I've had chronic cases of shingles for the last 17 years. Can I still get the vaccine ?

I'm not 50 or older. I've had chronic cases of shingles for the last 17 years. Can I still get the vaccine ?

Never heard of this: I would first go to a dermatologist and or infectious disease specialist. I have never heard of this happening.If true, you have a worrisome immune system.I would only get a living vaccine like the zoster vaccine after you have been cleared to do so, otherwise you may face significant complications. Not all blister producing disorders are shingles. ...Read more

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I got a light case of shingles about seven years ago. I want to make sure i never get them again. Should i get the vaccine?

Vaccine: Although the vaccine for shingles dramatically reduces the risk of getting shingles, there is now way a physician can guarantee that someone who receives such a vaccination would never get shingles again. ...Read more

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Shoud I get a shingles vaccine this yr?

Shoud I get a shingles vaccine this yr?

Depends: It depends on your age, your medical condtition and your indication for this immunization. It is generally recommended for those 60 and over but is now being given to those 50 and over. Those with immunosuppression, lymphoid diseases and certain cancers, transplants etc are usually excluded. Talk to your pcp or pharmacist about this. It's a great immunization. Shingles is a bad deal! ...Read more

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What is the earliest age to get shingles vaccine?

What is the earliest age to get shingles vaccine?

VARICELLA: Varicella-zoster vaccine is given at one year of age. After that, those not given shots can be given x2 at one month apart. ...Read more

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Should you get the shingles vaccine if you have ms?

Should you get the shingles vaccine if you have ms?

Absolutely: Shingles can be especially problematic for people with altered immune systems, of which ms is one. Talk to your doctor if you have been recently on steroids as to the timing, but ok to do if on immune-modulator meds like copaxone, (glatiramer) etc. A case of shingles could be devastating to someone with ms. ...Read more

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Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Should methotrexate patients get shingles vaccine?

Dose dependent: This judgement has to be made by the provider. Technically low dose Methotrexate is not considered a contraindication to receiving the shingles vaccine. But only your provider will have a full picture of your immune status. Shingles vaccine is a live vaccine and not given to those with significant immunosuppression. ...Read more

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How to get the shingles vaccine?

How to get the shingles vaccine?

Pharmacies/clinics: Some pharmacies, like walgreens, offer the vaccine. Also many medical clinics gan give the vaccine. It's best to make sure they have it in stock before an appointment. ...Read more

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Where can I get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Your pmd should be able to get this for you. ...Read more

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How frequently do you have to get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Currently the recommendation for shingles vaccine is a single dose to those age 60 or older. However, as we have found with many other vaccines that immunity may wane with time, changes in this recommendation could occur as time goes by and we research what happens 10-20 years down the line......more to come! ...Read more

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I'm getting shingles outbreaks, can I get the shingles vaccine?

Yes: But, it may not be covered by insurance. Many insurers cover it starting at age 60. I could help boost your immunity and is probably worth the expense (about $250). Not studied for younger or middle aged adults yet, since most shingles occurs in th elderly, so they are the group for which the vaccine was targeted. ...Read more

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How often should a healthy person get the shingles vaccine--every 5 years?

One dose after 60: The cdc at this time recommends one dose for people over the age of 60. Their investigations into the need for booster shots have not yet shown an advantage, but you might check at 5 year intervals with your doctor or in the literature as time goes by. It is really unpleasant from what i've heard. Best! ...Read more

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Why should I pay for and get shingles vaccine if it only occurs once if at all?

Why should I pay for and get shingles vaccine if it only occurs once if at all?

Shingles isn't fun.: Ask a few people about shingles and they'll tell you it can range from annoying to really painful with symptoms that last months after the rash is gone (postherptic neuralgia). There's no great predictor if you'll get a mild or severe case. And yes, you can have it more than once in a lifetime - i've seen people on their 2nd or 3rd episode. The cost isn't trivial, but shingles isn't either. ...Read more

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I had shingles once; had the vaccine about 10 years ago. Should I get revaccinated?

Varicella schedule: The current recommended Varicella vaccine schedule includes a dose at approximately one year of age, and a booster at four years of age or older. The Varicella vaccine to prevent shingles is currently recommended for people sixty years and older. ...Read more

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Should my husband get the shingles vaccine if he already had a mild case a few years ago? Any risks?

Should my husband get the shingles vaccine if he already had a mild case a few years ago? Any risks?

As of 2011: There was a study to assess this but it was not yet clear how effective it was. It did no harm - si it's not a bad idea - but just how protective it would be was not clear. By now it might be. Ask your provider to check into it for you or just do it. Second recurrences are certainly not a pleasant prospect and they are possible. Discuss w/ Dr. Best! ...Read more

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My 31yr old husband has shingles, should I get the shingles vaccine? I am29. Can i get shingles from him?

Herpes zoster: This is the same virus that causes chickenpox and if you have had that you may be at risk of getting shingles. If not, you are at risk of getting chickenpox. My advice is to get the vaccine if you can afford it. Even if you have had chickenpox it makes the onset of later shingles less likely. ...Read more

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I had a shingle vaccine i jan now i think i may have shingles can you still get. Shingles if you have the vaccine! if so would it be a milder case?

Yes: I think you are correct on all your statements. Would have the rash if you have one checked out by my doctor, though. ...Read more

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Ishingles i had the shingles in oct.2011 and will like to know what posibility I have (if any) to have the shingle again.And should I get the vaccine? Thanks,

Ishingles i had the shingles in oct.2011 and will like to know what posibility I have (if any) to have the shingle again.And should I get the vaccine?
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Yes, : Yes, you can still get the shingles again. Herpes zoster's virus can lie dormant in a nerve root and then emerge later. The shingles vaccine is recommened for people 50 and over, even if you have previously had shingles. Considering how painful shingles is, i recommend the vaccine. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you get shingles if you have had the shingles vaccine? If so, is there such a thing as a booster shot.

Can you get shingles if you have had the shingles vaccine?  If so, is there such a thing as a booster shot.

Tingle post shingle: It is possible to get shingles (zoster) after receiving the shingles vaccine (zostavax). However, chance for getting shingles is greatly diminished after this vaccine and the disease activity tends to be less severe (the shingle has less tingle). As of today, repeat vaccination or a booster shot has not been supported by current scientific data. ...Read more

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Could you get chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine?

Could you get chickenpox from someone who just received the shingles vaccine?

Rare: If you develop a rash after vaccination with Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) it is best to cover the rash until the lesions have crusted over. The same virus causes shingles and chickenpox (Varicella Zoster). Zostavax contains weakened chickenpox virus. It would be possible (but rare) to infect someone who has never had chickenpox and who has a weak immune system. ...Read more

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Getting conflicting answers on whether an asplenic patient should get shingles vaccine?

If you are 60+,: And have no other contraindications, there is no reason not to get the shingles vaccine. Anyone telling you that being asplenic should keep you from getting this live attenuated vaccine has no understanding about asplenism. ...Read more

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I am a 35yo male. I know the Shingles vaccine is only indicated for 50+ but I would like to get it anyway. Would there be any appreciable harm?

I am a 35yo male. I know the Shingles vaccine is only indicated for 50+ but I would like to get it anyway. Would there be any appreciable harm?

Zustrix vaccine: If you have not received chicken pox vaccine, you can do that now, 2 doses of varivax vaccine 3 mos apart should protect you against varicella zoster virus. A blood test can check if are immune to it or not from having the diease as a child or from the vaccine which is normally given at age 1 & 5 years of age. I hope this hel9s. Good luck. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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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