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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

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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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?

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?

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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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?

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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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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I am allergic to all mycin drugs. Is it safe for me to get the Shingles vaccine?

I am allergic to all mycin drugs. Is it safe for me to get the Shingles vaccine?

Depends: A life threatening reaction (difficulty breathing, throat swelling, etc.) with neomycin is listed as a contraindication for use. Those having minor events like a mild rash would be fine. Confer with your doctor and provide this information along with a list of any medications/ supplements you take before deciding. ...Read more

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How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

2 months: That is somewhat controversial as there is some evidence that it can be given while on methotrexate. The current recommendation is to be off of it for 2 months. ...Read more

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Can I still get the shingles vaccine AFTER I've had shingles? (Once the virus completely wears off) I've had chronic cases over the last 16 years.

Probably: It is approved for individuals 50 and above, with certain precautions, wether they had the shingles or not, please check with your primary physician, goodluck ...Read more

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Should I get the shingles vaccine if I have lichen sclerosis which is an autoimmunity disease?

Should I get the shingles vaccine if I have lichen sclerosis which is an autoimmunity disease?

Yes: All the more reason to do so, since the chicken pox would may make the skin rash much more bothersome. ...Read more

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If a retiree did not have chicken pox in childhood, is there any reason to get the shingles vaccine? Saw drug company ad about it.

If a retiree did not have chicken pox in childhood, is there any reason to get the shingles vaccine? Saw drug company ad about it.

SHINGLES VACCINE: If you never had chickenpox as a child, the consensus is that you can never develop shingles. I do not recommend the vaccine for you. ...Read more

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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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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 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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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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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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56 year old male, no spleen, should I get shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Zostavax, the shingles or herpes zoster vaccine, is indicated for adults 60 years and over. Special situations like your cas may probably qualify you to receive it (from 50 years up). In addition, it is important for you to receive the pneumococcal and Meningococcal vaccines. ...Read more

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Bad shingles in feb. Still have discomfort base of head, left ear. Can i, should i, get a shingles vaccine shot at this time?

Bad shingles in feb. Still have discomfort base of head, left ear. Can i, should i, get a shingles vaccine shot at this time?

Yes it's ok....: ...From my experience as a specialist. Just as long as the current shingles has resolved, if it's the residual discomfort left, there shouldn't be a reason to delay giving the vaccine. ...Read more

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I just received a pneumonia immunization as part of a physical exam and the doctor recommended a shingles vaccine. How soon can I get that vaccine?

I just received a pneumonia immunization as part of a physical exam and the doctor recommended a shingles vaccine. How soon can I get that vaccine?

Now: According to CDC guideline, you should be able to get shingle vaccine now as long as you do not have active shingle rashes. In addition, if two vaccines are administered in one visit or closely, a different site for injection is preferred if possible. ...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