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Taking enbrel (etanercept) for ra. What is your view of being off it for two weeks prior to shingles vaccine and off two more weeks after?

Taking enbrel (etanercept) for ra.  What is your view of being off it for two weeks prior to shingles vaccine and off two more weeks after?

Wait longer: Because the shingles vaccine is a attenuated virus, i would recommend staying off of your Enbrel (etanercept) the week that you get your vaccine; and, for six weeks thereafter. The six weeks allows your immune system to develop igg antibodies to the virus, the most effectivbe antibody. I recommend getting no more than 15 mg of Prednisone during the time you are off your enbrel (etanercept). ...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


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What is the definition or description of: zoster vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: zoster vaccine?

ZOSTER VACCINE: Also called varicella-zoster vaccine. Varicella-zoster virus is a herpesvirus, morphologically identical to herpes simplex virus, that causes varicella (chickenpox) and herpes zoster in man; varicella results from a primary infection with the virus; herpes zoster results from secondary invasion by the same virus or by reactivation of infection which in many instances has been latent for many years. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference of zoster vaccine and gardasil?

Please help! what is the difference of zoster vaccine and gardasil?

Different: Zoster vaccine is for preventing herpes zoster (most commonly causing shingles) and Gardasil is the brand name for hpv (human papilloma virus) vaccine which prevents certain strains of hpv that cause cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Does any one know anything about the herpes zoster vaccine?

Does any one know anything about the  herpes zoster vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: About 30 percent of the population eventually has herpes zoster. About 15 percent of them have involvement of the tissue around the eye which can leave some people visually impaired. The vaccine is about 80 percent effective. Given the frequency of infection and possible severity the vaccine is recommended for anyone over age 50. If you have had shingles it is unlikely that you will get herpes zos. ...Read more

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Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

No: No, someone with active zoster will not benefit from the herpes zoster vaccine, which is used for prevention, not treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

What is the difference between the herpes zoster vaccine and gardasil?

HPV vs VZV - vaccine: Human Papilloma Virus is responsible for cervical cancers & a host of other (rare) cancers as well. Good to get protected against that -esp. if you're young. Shingles vaccine (herpes zoster vaccine) protects against the chickenpox virus that causes zoster or 'Shingles'. No one wants to get that, although the data suggests we have a 1/3 life time risk. I believe in prevention -both vaccines r safe ...Read more

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Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Could herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Why ?????: Giving the vaccine to anyone with active shingles would be a waste of time, resources and effort. It would not treat the infection or benefit the recipient in any way. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Is it safe to give herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

Moot point: There is absolutely no rationale for giving the zoster vaccine to someone with ongoing active zoster. ...Read more

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If someone already had shingles is it safe to get the zoster vaccine and can it prevent another outbreak?

If someone already had shingles is it safe to get the zoster vaccine and can it prevent another outbreak?

Can be given age 50: The fda recommends it be offered at age 50 & up. The cdc has not weighed in on the lower age group & still stayed at the 60 year old recommendation for now, partly out of concern for supply. At age 50, there is a better immune response meaning more people can mount a good reaction to the vaccine (69% vs 50%) & become immune to shingles. The shot is very expensive but I do offer it to 50 year old's. ...Read more

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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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Etanercept (Definition)

Etanercept is an immune system suppressor which is a kind of ...Read more