Shingles vaccine

I seem to recall Mwood Bd of Health givimg shingles vax.  Are they doing it again this yr or is this a figment of my imagination?

Thanks


I found this on the town website:

The Health Department works with a local physician to provide low cost Shingles (varicella) vaccinations. Contact the Public Health Nursing Supervisor at (973) 762-8120, ext. 4300 for additional information.


Don't dawdle. Shingles is no fun.


I got mine at target CVS a couple of years ago. Insurance covers 100 percent.


Bad reaction stories keeping me from getting it--please refute!


bak said:

Bad reaction stories keeping me from getting it--please refute!

 had my first dose a week ago. Not going to lie, the reaction wasn't good. Several hours of chills, muscle aches and headache. Another day of fatigue. But I'm going back for the second dose because none of that is remotely as bad as a case of shingles. 

Courage!  grin


bak said:

Bad reaction stories keeping me from getting it--please refute!

 My Mother had a horrible case of shingles which caused her a great deal of pain for years.  One day dealing with a bad reaction is a small price to pay.

I barely had a reaction to the first or second shot, if that helps.


jamie said:

I found this on the town website:

The Health Department works with a local physician to provide low cost Shingles (varicella) vaccinations. Contact the Public Health Nursing Supervisor at (973) 762-8120, ext. 4300 for additional information.

 Is this is the shingretze (sp?) Vaccine?


I n a couple of days I’ll be getting my flu shot.  How long have you waite before getting the shingles shot too?  I didn’t know shingles vax is multi dose.  I thought it’s one and done, what else should know before getting this done?

Thanks


I only had a sore arm from the shingles vaccine.


jamie said:

I only had a sore arm from the shingles vaccine.

 Me too.


A sore arm with a little swelling that lasted for a few days was my only reaction to the shingles shot.  There are two different shingles vaccines out there.  Make sure you get the right one, which is a two dose shot.  According to the Maplewood Health Department, you want to wait at least two weeks between vaccinations.  If you will be going to the flu clinic on 9/18, you want to wait at least until 10/2 to receive your shingles shot.


I actually had my second shingles shot and my flu shot on the same day last fall from CVS with no side effects, but I would follow the Health Department's advice (and Joan's).

The 2-shot Shingles vaccine is more effective https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/zostavax/index.html


bak said:

Bad reaction stories keeping me from getting it--please refute!

 If you have had or know anyone who has had Shingles, you won't be a snowflake about getting the shots. Only Worse stories I get told are from those not getting Covid shots and then getting Covid!!!!


joan_crystal said:

A sore arm with a little swelling that lasted for a few days was my only reaction to the shingles shot.  There are two different shingles vaccines out there.  Make sure you get the right one, which is a two dose shot.  According to the Maplewood Health Department, you want to wait at least two weeks between vaccinations.  If you will be going to the flu clinic on 9/18, you want to wait at least until 10/2 to receive your shingles shot.

if we are talking about Shingrix, it is not 2 weeks between doses, it's 2 months.  And not more than 6 months between doses.

https://www.shingrix.com/index.html


I wrote  "According to the Maplewood Health Department, you want to wait at least two weeks between vaccinations. If you will be going to the flu clinic on 9/18, you want to wait at least until 10/2 to receive your shingles shot."  

The flu shot and the shingles shot are two different types of vaccinations.  The Maplewood Health Department recommends waiting at least 2 weeks between receiving two different types of vaccine.


joan_crystal said:

I wrote  "According to the Maplewood Health Department, you want to wait at least two weeks between vaccinations. If you will be going to the flu clinic on 9/18, you want to wait at least until 10/2 to receive your shingles shot."  

The flu shot and the shingles shot are two different types of vaccinations.  The Maplewood Health Department recommends waiting at least 2 weeks between receiving two different types of vaccine.

 it's good you clarified because it's not really clear from your comment in total.  And for people who are concerned, the MHD guidance is more strict than that of the CDC.  The CDC allows for people to receive the shingles and flu vaccines at the same time, which I did.


Don't dawdle on the shingles vaccine. I did, and I deeply regret it; I got a bad case of shingles. When I finally was able to get the shingles vaccines after that (because you can get shingles more than once), I found the side effects to be minor in comparison.


The link below is like a gateway to the CDC's shingles info.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/index.html

I also found something else quite late the other night, but forgot to note the url.  A Duckduckgo search should gine you a lot of choices.  Or try searching the Mayo Clinic site or other similar.


More than 30 years ago, I worked with a doctor who specialized in treating shingles patients. This was long before either Zostavax or Shingrix were available. Treatments were few and hardly effective, though he had a proprietary treatment which seemed to provide some relief, sometimes.

Post-herpetic neuralgia is one of the most miserable diseases. The pain is often intractable. And there can be worse complications involving the eye.

I’m NOT a doctor, but I strongly urge everyone to talk to their doctor about getting a Shingrix vaccination as soon as they become eligible for it (age 50).




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