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Doctor insights on: Shingles Vaccine Rash After Vaccination

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Dr. Robert Patterson Dr. Patterson
Family Medicine
39 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Is exposure to someone vaccinated with the shingles vaccine harmful to babies?

Is exposure to someone vaccinated with the shingles vaccine harmful to babies?

Just say no: The shingles vaccine uses a live virus, so it can shed, causing them to possibly get chickenpox from you. Merck says at http://www. Merck. Com/product/usa/pi_circ… "transmission of vaccine virus may occur rarely between vacinees and susceptible contacts" babies are just developing their immunity, so they may be at more risk. The disease is usually better tolerated in kids though.

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


Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae Dr. Waghmarae
Pain Management
35 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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Where can I get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Your pmd should be able to get this for you.

Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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!

Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Dr. Donald Mantz Dr. Mantz
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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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.

Dr. Keegan Duchicela Dr. Duchicela
Family Medicine
10 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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

Dr. David Galbraith Dr. Galbraith
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What to do if I had shingles vaccine. Can I be infected by someone that has shingles?

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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Dr. Bahman Omrani Dr. Omrani
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Richard Jimenez Dr. Jimenez
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
43 years in practice
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Can I have the shingles vaccine if I am on remicade (infliximab)?

Can I have the shingles vaccine if I am on remicade (infliximab)?

Not recommended: Patients receiving this type of immunosuppresion are advised against getting the vaccine. Patients who have received it have not had problems, but there is a theoretical risk of getting a zoster infection from the vaccine. Also, it is not known how well the vaccine works in immunosuppressed patients. Talk with your doctor about shingles signs and then start antiviral therapy quickly if you get it.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

Dr. Alfredo Garcia Dr. Garcia
Pediatrics
52 years in practice
University of the City of Manila College of Medicine
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Would it be safe to have the shingles vaccine the day after a TB inoculation?

Tuberculin test: I would not recommend receiving any vaccine within 48 to 72 hours after tuberculin testing for fear of interference with the response to the test.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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If my varicella titer is positive, do I need the shingles vaccine?

Maybe, maybe not: The varicella titer just confirms you had it in the past or had the vaccine. It does not predict whether you may have shingles in the future. The shingles vaccine is primarily intended for the older population, those over 50.I would talk the issue over with the doc who knows your history best.

Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Probably safe: A person who has received a shingles vaccine is not contagious unless he develops a chicken pox-like rash. If a rash develops, the vaccinated person should restrict contact w/ a transplant patient (or anyone else) if that patient is susceptible to chickenpox. If the kidney transplant patient already had chicken pox, he is not at risk.

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