If a retiree did not have chicken pox in childhood, is there any reason to get the shingles vaccine? Saw drug company ad about it.
CDC Recommends. The center for disease control states "a person age 60 years or older who has no medical contraindications, is eligible for zoster vaccine regardless of their memory of having had chickenpox." i would recommend that you discuss your concerns with your doctor and the two of you can make a decision based on your own specific medical history.
Do they really know. Many studies show that in excess of 70% of those adults with no memory of chickenpox have antibodies showing they did at some point.Availing yourself with the benefit of any vaccine is a luxury not available in much of the world.The germs hide in sensory nerve nodes in front of the vertebrae & come out if waning immunity allows it. Shot helps most,not all.It's nasty if you get it.Your choice.
UNLIKELY. you escaped Chicken Pox as a child....(Unless you were an only child and were home schooled!!) At any rate a simple blood test can tell. That said the vaccine is expensive and not %100 effective...Ask your Doctor for his/her opinio (NOT a Pharmacist who will try to sell you the vaccine) My Opinion Only! Dr Z.
Probably. The virus that causes shingles is the same one that causes chickenpox. The shingles vaccine in effect gives you an invisible (we call it "subclinical") case of chickenpox, in order to stimulate production of antibodies to the virus in your body. Although some dispute this, at least some people appear to be contagious for chickenpox for a week or so after receiving the vaccine. Read more...
Doctors, do you think I can contract chicken pox from the shingles vaccine, if I never had chicken pox?
Chicken pox/Shingles. The shingles vaccine (Zostavax) contains live weakened chickenpox viruses. In extremely rare cases, it's possible for someone to get an illness from these weakened viruses --usually there is 'something wrong' with the patient however. Hope your doc would screen u for any contraindication to the vaccine. The age indication for shingles vaccine is 50+. If you've never had chickenpox -get that shot. Read more...