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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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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


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Shingles vaccine side effects and last how long?

Shingles vaccine side effects and last how long?

Agree with Dr. Maes: Possible side effects of Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) include injection site redness, swelling, itching, pain, heat or bruising or rash. Headache may also occur. There is potential for allergic reaction. Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) isn't recommended if you are allergic to gelatin or neomycin or other vaccine components. ...Read more

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I got shingles vaccine &got all side effects except blisters.How can I treat the itch/pain?

I got shingles vaccine &got all side effects except blisters.How can I treat the itch/pain?

Shingles: Unfortunately there is very little to do, Ibuprofen and oatmeal baths may help. Liquid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) applied judiciously to certain areas of the skin may help with the itch. ...Read more

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Had shingles vaccine about mth or so ago. Now have 2 blister type spots on mid left side. Can be from shingles vaccine?

Had shingles vaccine about mth or so ago. Now have 2 blister type spots on mid left side. Can be from shingles vaccine?

Shingles: The vesicular lesions because of vaccine will show within 48 hrs ( to less than wee) after vaccine. Your rash needs to be evaluated by md. ...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

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Who should get the shingles vaccine?

Who should get the shingles vaccine?

Most: People 60 and over except if immunosuppressed or pregnant. Fda recently approved it for 50 and up. ...Read more

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Shoud I get a shingles vaccine this yr?

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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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?

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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What is the definition or description of: shingles vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: shingles vaccine?

See below: 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. ...Read more

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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)

Shingles is 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