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.
Chickenpox shot . Shingles vaccine is a live injectable vaccine against varicella, the cause of chickenpox. This vaccine is intended for adults to increase their protection from reactivation of the virus, which causes shingles.

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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...
Yes. I am not sure, my practice does not involved giving vaccines. Please ask your primary care doctor. Read more...
Yes. The shingles vaccine is made by merck, the makers of the chicken pox vaccine. Both diseases are caused by the same virus. The shingles vaccine helps prevent outbreaks of shingles. It is not fully effective, so a person can sometimes get shingles even after getting the vaccine. The single-dose vaccine costs about $250 if one's insurance doesn't cover it. Read more...

How to get the shingles vaccine?

Multiple. You can either get it through your providers office, a health department, or a local convenient care establishment. Read more...
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...

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...
Yes. The shingles vaccine is indicated for anyone over the age of 50 or if you are at higher risk for development of shingles, such as having some form of immune compromise. The shingles vaccine will not only decrease you chances of getting shingles but, more importantly in my mind, significantly decreases your chances of getting post-herpetic neuralgia, a miserable post-shingles pain condition. Read more...

Any problem taking the shingles vaccine?

Not serious. There are sometimes small, localized side effects at the injection site such as redness, tenderness, swelling and potentially a headache. Overall, it is a safe vaccine. But, you should not take it if you are allergic to any of its components or neomycin and gelatin. Also, those who are immunocompromised should not get the vaccine. Read more...
No problems. The shingles vaccine isrecommended for patients over age 50. The vaccine does contain a weakened form of the zoster virus (the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles), so there is a risk of transmitting the virus to those with weakened immune systems. The vaccine decreases the risk of shingles by about 50%, & helps decrease the episodes of pain that remain after the shingle rash resolves. Read more...
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...

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...