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Who should get the shingle vaccine and who should not get it?

Who should get the shingle vaccine and who should not get it?

Adults...: Adults age 50 and older with no contradictions to getting the vaccine. These might include HIV infection or hypersensitivity to some part of the shot. If you are 50 or older, see your doc right away to get your zoster vaccine. ...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


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How many years after the first shingle vaccine should I get a booster? I presume a booster will be needed.

How many years after the first shingle vaccine should I get a booster? I presume a booster will be needed.

No data: There is recommendation on package insert re approval or need for booster. At this time it is administered once after age 50. ...Read more

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What is good for an allergic reaction from the shingle vaccine?

What is good for an allergic reaction from the shingle vaccine?

What kind?: I have not seen an allergic reaction to Shingles vaccine yet. Is this anything more than a large local reaction? Does it itch? If it is just a local reaction, ice pack and NSAID would likely help. At times, a short course of cortisone may be needed. However since the type of reaction is unknown, this is at best a guess. ...Read more

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How long does a allergic reaction from a shingle vaccine last, and ca I take allergy meds and use hydrocortisone?

How long does a allergic reaction from a shingle vaccine last, and ca I take allergy meds and use hydrocortisone?

Don't know: Since the Zoster vaccine has been around for about a decade, the long-term efficacy can only be ascertained by experience. Theoretically it should last a life-time but practically only time will time. Since it is a live vaccine, you need to inform your doctor about this if you are on high-dose oral steroid (not topical or inhaled steroid) before getting the vaccine. Allergy medication is fine. ...Read more

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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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I got shingles so should I get the vaccine?

I got shingles so should I get the vaccine?

Too late: The zoster vaccine is offered to boost immunity to prevent the shingles. An episode of shingles will boost your immunity for a few years by itself. Getting it after an outbreak would not provide much benefit. Doing so a few decades later may be helpful. ...Read more

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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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If I already had shingle, do I need vaccine for it?

If I already had shingle, do I need vaccine for it?

Yes you need it: Shingle vaccine is recommended for all over the age of 60 even if you have had shingles ...Read more

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Had shingles at age 27, I'm 40, should I get a vaccine now?

Had shingles at age 27, I'm 40, should I get a vaccine now?

Zostavax: The fda approved varicella-zoster vaccine (zostavax) for adults age 50 ; older. Talk with your physician about getting it at an earlier age. ...Read more

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I'm not 50 or older. I've had chronic cases of shingles for the last 17 years. Can I still get the vaccine?

Never heard of this: I would first go to a dermatologist and or infectious disease specialist. I have never heard of this happening. If true, you have a worrisome immune system. I would only get a living vaccine like the zoster vaccine after you have been cleared to do so, otherwise you may face significant complications. Not all blister producing disorders are shingles. ...Read more

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I got a light case of shingles about seven years ago. I want to make sure I never get them again. Should I get the vaccine?

Vaccine: Although the vaccine for shingles dramatically reduces the risk of getting shingles, there is now way a physician can guarantee that someone who receives such a vaccination would never get shingles again. ...Read more

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Had an incident of shingles - 2 questions: 1. Likelyhood of getting again & 2. Will vaccine help and to what degree of effectiveness?

Had an incident of shingles - 2 questions: 1. Likelyhood of getting again & 2. Will vaccine help and to what degree of effectiveness?

See below: For most people, the risk of having shingles recur after the initial occurrence is fairly low.
Even if you have had shingles, you can still receive the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease. There is no specific time that you must wait after having shingles before receiving the shingles vaccine. ...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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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?

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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Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Yes, Zostavax: Zostavax is a vaccine to prevent shingles in adults. Some age limitations apply. The vaccine is helpful but not completely protective, so some people still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Shingles can cause permanent pain in the affected skin area. ...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?

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?

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

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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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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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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 chickenbox vaccine last all your life? Can it prevent shingles?

Maybe, maybe not: A single dose of the vaccine confers lifelong immunity in ~ 85% of people while 2 doses at least a month apart brings it up to ~98%.Shingles is a reactivation of wild or vaccine virus that occurs if the persons immune system fails to keep it contained. A shingles vaccine, similar to the varicella shot (only many X stronger) is used to awaken the immune system and keep the virus under house arrest. ...Read more

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How often should a healthy person get the shingles vaccine--every 5 years?

One dose after 60: The cdc at this time recommends one dose for people over the age of 60. Their investigations into the need for booster shots have not yet shown an advantage, but you might check at 5 year intervals with your doctor or in the literature as time goes by. It is really unpleasant from what I've heard. Best! ...Read more

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Why should I pay for and get shingles vaccine if it only occurs once if at all?

Why should I pay for and get shingles vaccine if it only occurs once if at all?

Shingles isn't fun.: Ask a few people about shingles and they'll tell you it can range from annoying to really painful with symptoms that last months after the rash is gone (postherptic neuralgia). There's no great predictor if you'll get a mild or severe case. And yes, you can have it more than once in a lifetime - I've seen people on their 2nd or 3rd episode. The cost isn't trivial, but shingles isn't either. ...Read more

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I had shingles once; had the vaccine about 10 years ago. Should I get revaccinated?

Varicella schedule: The current recommended Varicella vaccine schedule includes a dose at approximately one year of age, and a booster at four years of age or older. The Varicella vaccine to prevent shingles is currently recommended for people sixty years and older. ...Read more

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Should my husband get the shingles vaccine if he already had a mild case a few years ago? Any risks?

As of 2011: There was a study to assess this but it was not yet clear how effective it was. It did no harm - si it's not a bad idea - but just how protective it would be was not clear. By now it might be. Ask your provider to check into it for you or just do it. Second recurrences are certainly not a pleasant prospect and they are possible. Discuss w/ Dr. Best! ...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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My 31yr old husband has shingles, should I get the shingles vaccine? I am29. Can I get shingles from him?

Herpes zoster: This is the same virus that causes chickenpox and if you have had that you may be at risk of getting shingles. If not, you are at risk of getting chickenpox. My advice is to get the vaccine if you can afford it. Even if you have had chickenpox it makes the onset of later shingles less likely. ...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


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