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Doctor insights on: How Long Is Shingles Vaccine Contagious

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Am I contagious to small children from a new shingles vaccine shot?

Am I contagious to small children from a new shingles vaccine shot?

Not really.: But the weakened vaccine virus is only possibly dangerous to newborns (under 1 month age) and people with severely compromised immune systems (aids, scid, bone marrow transplant.) avoid such people for a couple of months after the shot just to be safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shingles Vaccine (Definition)

The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles ...Read more


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Shingles vaccine side effects and last how long?

Shingles vaccine side effects and last how long?

Agree with Dr. Maes: Possible side effects of Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) include injection site redness, swelling, itching, pain, heat or bruising or rash. Headache may also occur. There is potential for allergic reaction. Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) isn't recommended if you are allergic to gelatin or neomycin or other vaccine components. ...Read more

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How long will the rash after the shingles vaccine last? Will it blister over?

How long will the rash after the shingles vaccine last? Will it blister over?

Herpes vaccine: The herpes Zoster vaccine sometimes causes a chick pox type rash at the site. It can remain for 2-3 weeks and should be covered with a clean top. The blisters will dry up and then you are non infectious. All the best and a good choice to have the vaccine. ...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 cost of getting a shingles vaccine?

What is the cost of getting a shingles vaccine?

$220 at Walgreens: Around $220 at walgreens, $250 at a doctor's office I visited today. If you are lower income, you might qualify for it under the merck vaccine patient assistance program. For an uninsured single person with an income less than $44, 680, the vaccine can be provided through the program provided you find a doctor's office which is willing to participate. Call 800-293-3881 for details. ...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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What is the definition or description of: shingles vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: shingles vaccine?

See below: The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles vaccine prevents this reactivation. ...Read more

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Which shingles vaccine do doctors recommend?

Which shingles vaccine do doctors recommend?

Zostavax: We recommend Zostavax vaccine indicated for adults over the age of 60 ...Read more

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Shingles vaccine needed in suppressed immune systems?

Contraindicated: Shingles vaccine (zostavax) is a live attenuated vaccine that contains a pretty good dose of weakened chicken pox virus. It is not recommended in people who are immunosuppressed due to risk of infection arising from the vaccine. ...Read more

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What is the cost of a shingles vaccine if you're uninsured?

Agree w Dr. Thomas: My understanding is that Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) often costs $150–$300 per vaccination. ...Read more

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Do you know are shingles vaccine shots covered by medicare?

Do you know are shingles vaccine shots covered by medicare?

Call insurance: The best resource to find out if your insurance covers a certain vaccine would be to call the insurance carrier and ask them. All the best! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the shingles vaccine for those over 60?

What are the side effects of the shingles vaccine for those over 60?

Safe Vaccine: There are no serious side effects except some patients will get chicken pox blisters around the site but these go away. ...Read more

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I got shingles vaccine. Can I be infected by someone that has shingles?

I got shingles vaccine. Can I be infected by someone that has shingles?

No: You are at no risk of any infection from exposure to someone with shingles. If you had chickenpox or the vaccine as a kid, you cannot get it from exposure to shingles. The shingles vaccine would also boost your protection. For shingles, only the debris from the blisters contain infectious material, simple avoidance protects even those not already immune. ...Read more

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How effective is the shingles vaccine for a 60 year old vs a 80 year old?

How effective is the shingles vaccine for a 60 year old vs a 80 year old?

Vaccine efficacy: The efficacy of the vaccine in preventing shingles is higher in ages 60-69 years -- vaccine efficacy is 64%. In patients older than 70, vaccine efficacy is 38%. ...Read more

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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


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