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Vaccination For 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
You mean zostavax?: zostrix is a topical antipain medicine (capsacian). The zoster vaccine is recommended for individuals over 50 who have had chicken pox. I do rcommend it, but it isn't given for shingles symptoms but rather to prevent shingles outbreaks (or reactivation of chicken pox), remember it also is not a guarantee you won't get shingles ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What can I do if my wife suffered an extreme case of shingles two years ago. Can she receive the shingles vaccination?
Probably yes: A person can have shingles more than once. Her primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in her immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed her to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles (some age limits apply). ...Read more
No: Recent zoster is more effective than the shot. Shingles may occur a second time but this is uncommon. Consider getting a shot in about 15 years. There may be something better then. Shingles can occur at any age, but in normal people people it becomes common after age 60. The shot cuts the risk in half. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One month: The manufacturer states to remain off Humira and other tnf Alpha antagonists for one or more months after the discontinuation of these drugs before receiving the shingles vaccine. Ideally, this could be done one month or more before receiving the vaccine also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubtful: I am not aware of any such association. ...Read more
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