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According to literature of The Center for Disease Control and Prevention-"No serious problems have been identified with the Shingles Vaccine." Does someone have valid info to the contrary?
There are no residual effects but it is extremely painful when you have it.
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........my doctor told me that shingles was caused by the dormant chicken pox "cells." I understood that you had to have had chicken pox to have shingles. I could be wrong...maybe I heard the doc wrong, but I think I am remembering this correctly.
That the same as what my doctor told me when I got shingles a number of years ago.

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My brother-in-law was told by the Dr that he can get the vaccination as soon as his symptoms are gone. So it must prevent further breakouts. Actually, I do believe you can have shingles more than once because that virus continues to lie dormant in your body.
I've had shingles twice. No problem. Both times I realized immediately what it was, and raced to the doctor. If you get treatment within 24 hours, you're usually home free. So if you get an unexplained itchy rash, check it out immediately with your doctor!! I know people that have ignored their symptoms and they have suffered with pain for years.

I do plan on having the shingles shot, but in Canada the supply is limited. Since the serum has to be refrigeratered under special conditions, not all clinics offer it.
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No mention of getting shingles from the vaccine in this article. What's your source for that statement?



http://www.webmd.com/vaccines/featur...ine-for-adults
I am going on what my MD told me on several occasions. That from a live vaccine you can get the thing you are being vaccinated for but at a reduced severity. I sent and email to the Cleveland Clinic and Center for disease control for clarification. I will let you know what they respond.
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I am going on what my MD told me on several occasions. That from a live vaccine you can get the thing you are being vaccinated for but at a reduced severity. I sent and email to the Cleveland Clinic and Center for disease control for clarification. I will let you know what they respond.
Thanks for taking the time to clarify this for us. I've certainly heard of people getting "minor" flu from a flu shot. So it makes sense what you're saying. Could you also ask them whether you can have a shingles shot if you've already had shingles twice? My family doctor says you can, but she's not an expert in that field.
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Medicare covers it but you may have to get the vaccine from the drug store and take it to your doctor and pay for an office visit. Otherwise it is close to $300.
County Health Dept in Wildwood lists the shot as being about $175.
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I got this response so far.

No, shingles is not spread from the vaccine. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body in a dormant (inactive) state. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles.


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This has a slightly different take on live vaccines. Who do you listen to?

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I have had the shingles twice and the first time I was under 60 and I couldn't get the shot and then was foolish and put off getting it and after getting it a second time when the doctor gave me the okay I got the shot. My husband who never had them also received the shot after seeing what I went thru. We heard that there was a 6 month wait and then found out theatRite Aid was having a clinic and called and we were the last two to get on the list. They only receive a limited number of the vacine so we were very lucky as they didn't know when they would be having another clinic. Our insurace paid for the administration of the shot ($50.00) and we each paid $200.00 but well worth it between what you would spend on medication and the discomfort.
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I would advise anyone over 60 to get the shingles vaccine. I had shingles in July. I made it to to my doctor the third day and was given an antibiotic which helped to some degree. My shingles lasted 3 weeks. Afterwards, I was given the shingles vaccine to prevent another outbreak in the future. You can get shingles more than once, but if you have taken the vaccine, it will help to lessen the severity of another outbreak. Yes, they are very painful.
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Want all to know that even with the shot you might still come down with shingles as I have. Got shot two years ago and last Monday noticed the rash. It has not been too painful though so the shot might have lessened the effects.
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