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Old 05-30-18, 08:57 PM
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I got my the shot a few weeks ago when I was at the Doctor's office. I am set to go back for the booster sometime in Sept.
Any annoying side effects? Apparently more common with the new improved vaccine than with the original less-effective vaccine. But generally not serious side effects.
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Old 05-31-18, 04:55 AM
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Any annoying side effects? Apparently more common with the new improved vaccine than with the original less-effective vaccine. But generally not serious side effects.
Nothing that I have noticed.
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Old 06-20-18, 07:35 PM
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Why Is Everyone Getting Shingles?
https://medium.com/s/story/why-is-ev...s-2d19b30d906c
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Old 06-20-18, 08:11 PM
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The author makes no mention of the medication that is reputed to make a big difference in the length and severity of the outbreak. I went online and saw acyclovir (Zoirax), Famciclovir (Famvir) and Valacyclovir (Valtrex).

I do not recall the medication I was prescribed when I was diagnosed at age 58, nor do I know what my grandmother was prescribed but our experience is relevant here.

Long ago my great aunt had a bout with shingles. She knew of the medication but had her life changed forever by a botched surgery and did not trust the medical world. She suffered horribly for months. Her sister acquired shingles and knowing that story, promptly went to the doctor, got the medication and went through the shingles in weeks. I did not know those stories when I noticed a line of spots along a rib as I dressed to ride home from work. Stopped at Medical on the way out. The nurse immediately diagnosed the shingles and said I had 24 hours to get that medication and that she wasn't letting me leave until I had made the doctor's appointment. Went straight to the doctor after work the next day. Same diagnosis, just as fast. Was prescribed the medication and told my next stop was the pharmacy - no plans were more important - and that I was to immediately take my first dose. I did, A week later I was feeling a little better. Better still a week later, Missed no work. Not fun, but not a nightmare either.

See the spots? Act fast! Get to the doctor. Don't let him not address shingles. (I've heard of people being misdiagnosed other things who then had to go through h*** because they missed that little window.)

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Old 02-10-19, 02:39 AM
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I've been on immunosuppressants for a kidney transplant back in 1998, and because of this, I was unable to get the previous Shingles vaccine since it's a live virus. My first bout with Shingles happened in 2014. The pain started in my lower back in the area of my right kidney. This concerned me because I'd had renal cancer in my left non-working native kidney back in 2005, so my first thought was to have the right kidney checked out. The day after the nephrologist appointment was when the rash finally showed itself. A visit to a local doc confirmed Shingles and he started me on the meds. This was the start of six agonizing weeks.

I've been told I have a high tolerance for pain, but this was worse than anything I'd experienced. I was forced to lay face-down on the sofa as it was the most comfortable position I could find. The pain lingered at around a 7-8 for most of the time, but about every 10-15 seconds I'd get the sensation that someone twisted a knife, sending the pain level to at least a 9. Then, about once a day, I'd get what I called "fire attacks". This was when, somewhere in the affected area, the sensation that my skin was on fire would start in a small area, then radiate out until it covered the entire area. The entire attack would last only 30 seconds or so, but the pain was indescribable. In the end, I'm left with neuralgia on my right hip that will sometimes itch like mad.

Then, in November of 2018, I was again diagnosed with Shingles, but this time on the back of my neck and around my right ear. I was prepared for the worst, but it ended up feeling like a bad sunburn. I was very relieved. I'll be talking to my transplant docs about the new vaccine.
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I had a shingles vaccine last year at age 65. I recently had my yearly wellness check-up and was told that there is a new vaccine out but medicare does not pay for it. Also my doctor said it was on back order at that time. This thread reminded me to check into getting the vaccine. I hope my medi-gap plan will pay for it.
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Old 02-10-19, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by delbiker1 View Post
I had a shingles vaccine last year at age 65. I recently had my yearly wellness check-up and was told that there is a new vaccine out but medicare does not pay for it. Also my doctor said it was on back order at that time. This thread reminded me to check into getting the vaccine. I hope my medi-gap plan will pay for it.
The new vaccine (Shingrix) is administered in 2 doses, 2-6 months apart.
My 6 months was up in December, and I am still waiting for it to become available for the 2nd dose.
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The new vaccine (Shingrix) is administered in 2 doses, 2-6 months apart.
My 6 months was up in December, and I am still waiting for it to become available for the 2nd dose.
Sometime last fall I was supposed to go into the Dr's office for the 2nd shot. The morning of, they called and said they ran out. I went down to the local CVS pharmacy and they did have it in stock, and I got my 2nd shot there..

In my case the insurance from work paid for it.
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Had my Shingrix first shot awhile back and got an email notifying me of my second shot April 28th.
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I got both shingles shots at the VA (service connected health care). The first one laid me low for about a day with flu like symptoms. The second one five months later didn't. Based on what people have written who've had the shingles, I don't want any part of that.
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I got both shingles shots at the VA (service connected health care). The first one laid me low for about a day with flu like symptoms. The second one five months later didn't. Based on what people have written who've had the shingles, I don't want any part of that.
Yes, the first shot also had me feeling fluish and kinda dragging around lacking energy for 4-5 days. I hope the second shot doesnít.
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Had a breakout of Shingles in Feb '17, as a result of Chemotherapy wiping out my immune system. Struck a nerve on the left side of my face with rashes from my lip to the top of my bald head. Add a nice case of thrush that made my tongue completely white on one side and I looked like a Batman villain. Added Acyclovir to the dozen or so meds I was already on, but cant really say if it helped. Luckily it stayed out of my eye, but I lost about 80% of the hearing in my ear. (Don't tell my wife that it's mostly back) Still have scars on my cheek from the deepest rash.

The rashes cleared after a month or so, and then the Post-herpetic Neuralgia set in. Like hot needles in my ear drum and cheek bone, the nerve pain lingered forever. The left side of my mouth still feels numb most of the time, 2 years later. It's gone from unrelenting and nearly incapacitating, to something I mostly ignore now. Of all the stupid complications of my cancer, 5 of which had me a day from dead, Shingles gave the worst and the most lasting pain. Protect yourself from this at all cost.
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Good advice. My father has been suffering with it fo a couple months now and says itís the worst pain heís ever experienced. He had been vaccinated with the old shot. My wife and I managed to get the first shot a couple weeks ago. She felt kinda funky for a couple of days, I just felt a bit tired for one day. Not a bad trade off to avoid this disease.
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Got my first shingrix dose a week ago and had most significant vaccine reaction I can remember. But, tolerable and mostly gone after 2-3 days. Arm still a bit sore on day 6. Didn’t keep me from doing what I wanted/needed to do, bicycling included. Really looking forward to second dose in a couple of months! Much, much better than actual shingles, from what I understand.
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Yes, sore arm too, more so than I recall from other shots. But like you it didnít really stop me from doing anything.
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Yes, sore arm too, more so than I recall from other shots. But like you it didn’t really stop me from doing anything.
I didn't even get a sore arm from my first dose of Shingrix, but the second dose left my arm sore for over a week. The day after that second dose I did have some malaise/lethargy (I actually took a nap that afternoon, which is pretty much unheard-of for me when I'm not sick) but it passed quickly. Much better than suffering with shingles, that's fer sure!
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I need to put myself on the list for the new vaccine. Good thing I procrastinated and didn't do the old one.

I heard there are nationwide shortages. Vaccine imported from the UK? Time for a 2 month trip to Europe?

Around here, one is supposed to reserve the follow-up shot when one gets the first one.
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Just received the second booster Shingrix vaccine this past Friday. I felt tired and flu like, arse dragging and have had a pretty sore arm the last two days. All in all I am glad I got the vaccine. My insurance paid for it.

No Doctor here, but I think it’s wise to get the shot based on what shingles can do to the body.
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