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I'm 57 years old how old do you have to be to get the shingles shot .

I'm 57 years old how old do you have to be to get the shingles shot .

Usually over 50 yrs: The shingles vaccine is recommended for everyone age 50 or older who does not have compromised immune system.. Insurance companies may not support injections for shingles below 65 years of age you can pay out of pocket at earlier age. ...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


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Can you tell me how common is it for a 23 month old to get shingles?

Can you tell me how common is it for a 23 month old to get shingles?

It happens: I've seen it in toddlers as early as 15 months and it is seen throughout life. Texts report cases possible in infancy if their mother had it in pregnancy, even if the kid never had a recognized outbreak of chickenpox. Though more common in older adults, it is not rare. ...Read more

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I had shingles at 15 moths old. Will i get them again or what will happen if anything?

Once infected: Once infected with herpes varicella/zoster you will have the organism for life. The chances for recurrence and the frequency are highly variable, and there are many people infected to whom it will never happen. My advice is to get the vaccine, as there is data to suggest efficacy in limiting outbreaks. ...Read more

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If I had the chickenpox when I was little will I get the shingles when I am older?

If I had the chickenpox when I was little will I get the shingles when I am older?

Possibly: But you can help to minimize the risk by getting the vz vaccine. Children who have not had chickenpox should get it, and those over 13 years old should receive two doses of vaccine about one month apart. ...Read more

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If you are over 80 years old should you get a shingles shot. It is not covered by medicare.?

If you are over 80 years old should you get a shingles shot. It is not covered by medicare.?

Yes: If you have a medicate part d drug plan there will be coverage. Current recommendations are for any adult over the age of 60 to get the vaccine even if they have had shingles. The risk of contracting the disease increases with age and it can be very debilitating. ...Read more

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I am cured from chikenpox. Is it possible to get shingles if i come in contact with someone who has chikenpox again? I am 21 year old female.

Not Likely: After you have gotten over a case of chickenpox (varicella), this is followed by the establishment of a latent infection. The virus basically hangs out in our body for year with no symptoms until it reactivates or become shingles. Shingles usually develop when our immune system takes a hit. This can be related to old age or other diseases that affect our immune system. No worries if young/healthy ...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 ?

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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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 am 84 years old and fairly healthy. My doctor says i don't need to get a shingles shot. He says that they are not as effective for someone my age. Do you agree>

Hello. : Hello. I took this directly from the immunization action coalition "is there an upper age limit for receipt of the zoster vaccine? Local providers are reluctant to give zoster vaccine to persons age 80-plus years." "there is no upper age limit for zoster vaccine. The incidence of herpes zoster increases with age. It is known that about 50% of persons living until age 85 years will develop zoster." I do not know why your doctor provided that advice. ...Read more

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

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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Can my 7 month old baby get chickenpox from someone if they have shingles but the blisters haven't broken the skin and they r on medication?

Can my 7 month old baby get chickenpox from someone if they have shingles but the blisters haven't broken the skin and they r on medication?

They are contagious: Until all those blisters are crusted over and there are no new ones. Their medication does not protect your baby. ...Read more

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If I get the chicken pox vaccine at 58 yrs old what are the chances i'll develop shingles?

If I get the chicken pox vaccine at 58 yrs old what are the chances i'll develop shingles?

Not possible to know: Presuming no past chicken pox illness, a 58 year-old person getting the standard ch.Pox vaccines gets some protection against ch.Pox (some people still catch ch.Pox even after the vaccines). He has to catch ch.Pox first, and then the virus can come back out as shingles months to years later. The shingles vaccine has 14 times the antigens in the ch.Pox vaccine, but is also not fully protective. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with shingles. Should my dad, who is 53 years old and never had chicken pox, get a vaccination?

I was just diagnosed with shingles. Should my dad, who is 53 years old and never had chicken pox, get a vaccination?

Yes: That would be a very good idea. You should also avoid being in touching contact with him until he has done that, although even though he may not remember having chickenpox the probability is that he has had it previously. Goo luck. ...Read more

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Got rashes on one leg a week ago,doc said shingles n said my 2yr old son can get chickenpox but he didn't. Is it normal? Or can be wrong diagnosis??

Got rashes on one leg a week ago,doc said shingles n said my 2yr old son can get chickenpox but he didn't. Is it normal? Or can be wrong diagnosis??

Shingles: Your son probably has had his first chicken pox shot which will give him some good protection. Not touching or getting near your shingles helps him not get it also. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more