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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shingles Vaccine (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
123 doctors shared insights

Shingles Vaccine (Overview)

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.


Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

If you are older or your immune system is not strong, consider the shingles vaccine. ...See more

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Treating Shingles (Checklist)

Seek treatment from a healthcare professional
Once
Stay away from people who haven't had chicken pox
Once
Take ibuprofen or naproxen for pain and inflammation
Once
If prescribed anti-viral medication, take appropriately and completely
Once
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I took shingles vaccine, and after 2 weeks, the shigles come back, but less pain, that normal? Doctor told me no more after the shot, please why?

I took shingles vaccine, and after 2 weeks, the shigles come back, but less pain, that normal?  Doctor told me no more after the shot, please why?

Shingles Vaccine: In a clinical trial involving thousands of adults 60 years old or older, zostavax reduced the risk of shingles by about half (51%) and the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia by 67%. While the vaccine was most effective in people 60-69 years old it also provided some protection for older groups.
Research suggests that the shingles vaccine is effective for at least six years, but may last much longer. ...Read more

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Got shingles vaccine earlier today. Neck muscles hurt now when I shake my head "no". Is this normal side effect of vaccine?

Got shingles vaccine earlier today. Neck muscles hurt now when I shake my head "no". Is this normal side effect of vaccine?

Not really.: A few hours is way too little time to see any side effects from a zostavax shot. Some people experience a mild flu-like feeling, but it doesn't develop for several days to a week. My guess is you coincidentally pulled a neck muscle — slept on it wrong, perhaps — but if the pain is significant, you should call your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

Do consider vaccine if over 60 or at high risk of shingles. Avoid kids who haven't had chicken pox. ...See more

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

How effective is the shingles vaccine for a 60-year old vs an 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

Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

LED technology can reduce postherpectic neuralgia (the pain after shingles). ...See 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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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

Do see the doctor quickly if you have shingles, to get started on antivirals quickly. ...See more

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Do I need shingles vaccine if I might have had genital herpes?

Do I need shingles vaccine if I might have had genital herpes?

No: Totally unrelated! Shingles vaccine is recommended for those over the age of 65.
There is no vaccine for herpes, a totally different virus. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po Dr. Po
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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

Don't use Hydrocortisone topical on shingles- it will only get worse! ...See 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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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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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

Sometimes it is ok to use a strong opiod medication to relieve your shingles pain. ...See 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?

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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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

Do get Zostavax (the shingles vaccine) if you are 60 or over, especially if you have had chickenpox. ...See 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

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. ...See 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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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

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Shingles vaccine (Tip)

As soon as you feel burning or tingling or itching and you have had shingles seek care. Don't wait. ...See 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?

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

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