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Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Does chickenpox vaccine protect from shingles?

Maybe,maybe not: The vaccine developed to help suppress shingles has many times the amount of varicella material than the chickenpox vaccine. Simple varicella vaccine use may res-erect some of your waning varicella antibodies and put off shingles but it may just protect you better against wild chickenpox. ...Read more

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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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Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it.  Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria?  Thank-you!

No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Hib vaccine doses?

Hib vaccine doses?

2,4,6 and 15 month: Hib is given as either a 3 or 4 dose series depending on which manufacturer. If the Merck product is used only 3 doses are required. If any doses are given from Sanofi, than 4 doses are required regardless if any Merck product was used. ...Read more

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Had tetanus booster vaccination..Complications?

Had tetanus booster vaccination..Complications?

Nothing more than ..: Local pain at the injection site. Very infrequently, though, some individuals who get too many tetanus shot experience serum sickness-like symptoms, e.g., fever, joint swelling, and rash. ...Read more

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Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Does the chicken pox vaccine confer lifelong immunity?

Possibly: Introduced in the late 70's in japan, the current CP vaccine was not adopted in the us until the 90's. There are good data that one dose removes the risk of death with cp, but likely only 85% get protective immunity from 1 dose, with that improving to >95% after 2 doses given at least a month apart. Time will tell if future boosters are needed but with 30+ years of worldwide data it looks good. ...Read more

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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Does MMR vaccine last a lifetime?

Does MMR vaccine last a lifetime?

MMR vaccine: You should receive 2 doses of MMR. That will provide a life long imunity ...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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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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Does the HPV vaccine (gardasil) help prevent herpes?

Does the HPV vaccine (gardasil) help prevent herpes?

A different "H": The human papiloma virus that causes hpv and many other issues is very different from the herpes simplex virus that causes herpes. As such, the vaccine for hpv does not prevent herpes. ...Read more

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Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?

Conjugate in theory: Conjugating the Meningococcal capsule polysaccharide to a protein backbone makes it useful in children less than 2years and facilitates immunologic memory but there are no head to head efficacy trials. ...Read more

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Why BCG vaccine cause blister?

Why BCG vaccine cause blister?

Normal Reaction: It is normal reaction to the vaccine.You get bluish red papule which may look like a blister 2to3 weeks after the vaccination.After about 6 weeks the pustule ulcerates forming a lesion approx. 5 mm in diamneter. Scab forms and heals usually withn 3 months after vaccination and results in a permanent scar at the puncture site ...Read more

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Hep b vaccine series, final shot effective after 6+ months of first shot. True?

Hep b vaccine series, final shot effective after 6+ months of first shot. True?

Yes but...: Only in young infants. Forolder chiildren and adolescents, doses may be given in a schedule of 0, 1, and 6months; of 0, 1, and 4 months; or of 0, 2, and 4 months. ...Read more

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Does the meningococcal vaccine include a three shot series?

Does the meningococcal vaccine include a three shot series?

No: Dr degraw's answer is correct, but recently there is a formal recommendation for a booster shot to be given in teens 5 years or so after the first vaccination. ...Read more

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I'm allergic pneumovax, would I prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13?

I'm allergic pneumovax, would I prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13?

In general, No: I matters what the details were of your allergy to Pneumovax, but generally if you had a severe reaction to the Pneumovax, most doctors would not recommend that you have the Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13. Perhaps you could give more complete details of your allergy to your present phsycian and therefor get his/hre advice on the matter. ...Read more

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Is getting tdap vaccine twice bad?

Is getting tdap vaccine twice bad?

No: Our instincts suggest your immune system may react more vigorously and give you a more tender arm but recent studies suggest that is not the case. Thus, while not needed, the upshot is getting two doses of tdap is not harmful not even more painful--just unnecessary. ...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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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

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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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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

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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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Why do I have to wait a few weeks after getting a cortisone shot to receive the Shingles vaccine?

Why do I have to wait a few weeks after getting a cortisone shot to receive the Shingles vaccine?

Wouldn't be effectiv: A cortisone shot has many benefits but one side effect can be to shut down part of your immune recognition system. A shot within 3-4 weeks may not give you any benefit, while waiting would allow your immune system to wake up and be aware of the stimulus. That is what makes the shot worthwhile. ...Read more

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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 ?

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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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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Is the new shingles vaccine safe ?

Is the new shingles vaccine safe 
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Appears to be: The approval process for any vaccine takes decades & this one is no exception. The FDA requires a mountain of testing documentation before approving one. About 1/3 of patients will have transient muscle pain, fatigue, headache or other such symptoms. However, this new vaccine seem to protect a higher percentage of patients sooner and for longer than the earlier vaccine. ...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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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?

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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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

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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?

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

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


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more