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Shingles Vaccine Shot
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Which vaccine is better to get: meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine or meningococcal conjugate vaccine?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad shingles in feb. Still have discomfort base of head, left ear. Can i, should i, get a shingles vaccine shot at this time?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When is the best time to get a flu shot? Is one month better than another to cover the season? Can I get the shingles vaccine at the same time?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
$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
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
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
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