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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

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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What to do if I had shingles vaccine. Can I be infected by someone that has shingles?

No: You cannot get shingles from someone with an active case. You might get chickenpox, but only if you never had them. The shingles vaccine gives you protection from reactivation of the shingles germ (H.zoster) in your own system. It would also protect you from any decline in your resistance to chickenpox that might have occurred with age. ...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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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

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I had the shingles vaccine and 2 days later developed severe cognitive difficulty which has now lasted 3 months. Is there a correlation what do I do?

I had the shingles vaccine and 2 days later developed severe cognitive difficulty which has now lasted 3 months. Is there a correlation what do I do?

Zostavax and delay: I just checked the zostavax profile and cognitive difficulties are not listed. If you haven't seen a neurologist, that is your next step. ...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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Is there a shingles vaccine?

Is there a shingles vaccine?

Yes: The vaccine has been on the market for several years, but at first, it was only approved for people 60+ years old. It was recently, like last week, approved for use in people 50+.
It is one shot, once-in-a-lifetime, as of now, with no recommendation for a booster. ...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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Any problem taking the shingles vaccine?

Any problem taking the shingles vaccine?

Zostavax: Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) isn't recommended if you are allergic to gelatin or neomycin, are taking high doses of steroids or have a compromised immune system. Not recommended if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or if you will handling a newborn. Possible side effects include injection site redness, swelling, itching, pain, heat or bruising. Headache may also occur. ...Read more

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How much does the shingles vaccine normally cost?

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

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Does insurance cover the cost of the shingles vaccine?

It should: Check with your insurer. Coverage varies depending on a number of factors including your age. ...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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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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Please help? Is the shingles vaccine a one time shot or must you have one each year to be protected?

Please help? Is the shingles vaccine a one time shot or must you have one each year to be protected?

NoClinicalTrial Data: Good question but no clinical trial data exists. Merck, who did all the work to develop the vaccine, did the only clinical trial to date which compared incidence of shingles in people who received real vaccine vs. Just a saline placebo injection. Study: http://www. Merck. Com/product/usa/pi_circulars/z/zostavax/zostavax_pi2.Pdf. ...Read more

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