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Is there a known vaccine for shingles?

Is there a known vaccine for shingles?

Yes: Zostavac is a live but weakened virus vaccine developed by merck.It is offered to those 60 and older to help reduce chances of zoster (shingles). ...Read more

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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


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Why is there a vaccine for shingles? Does it work?

Why is there a vaccine for shingles? Does it work?

Real prbs deserve rx: Whenever you have either chickenpox or the vaccine, the virus does its initial thing and is forced into hibernation by your immune system.It stays in hibernation as long as your circulating immunity keeps it contained. Shingles is thought to represent an escape of the virus due to weakening immunity.The vaccine contains a high dose (~14X the kid vaccine) that brings immunity back. I works for many ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Yes: A vaccine similar to that given to protect kids from chickenpox has been developed to prevent shingles. It has about 50x the strength of the childhood vaccine to accomplish that task. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Please let me know if there is a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Yes: A vaccine similar to that given to protect kids from chickenpox has been developed to prevent shingles. It has about 50x the strength of the childhood vaccine to accomplish that task. ...Read more

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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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Is there a difference between the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine?

Vaccines : The chicken pox vaccine prevents chicken pox; the shingles vaccine prevents shingles... In theory this is the answer. Also, in theory if you get the chicken pox vaccine you cannot get chicken pox and since you have to have had chicken pox to get shingles then you can never get shingles if you have not had chicken pox. As your md for a details of your particular situation. ...Read more

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How are the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine distinguished from each other?

How are the chicken pox vaccine and the shingles vaccine distinguished from each other?

Strength/target: The varicella (chickenpox) vaccine has the amount of weakened virus needed to trigger protective levels of antibodies in kids over 1 yr.It is often used for older kids and young adults, all receiving a 2 dose series. The shingles vaccine is made from the same weakened virus but contains a much stronger dose, as is necessary to provide protection for its target group of people > 50. ...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


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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