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Old 12-04-2020, 10:44 AM   #1
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Wife and I are considering getting the shingle vaccine but we are concerned about any side effects.
Has anyone had the shingle vaccine? Any side effects?
Are singles painful?
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Wife and I are considering getting the shingle vaccine but we are concerned about any side effects.

Has anyone had the shingle vaccine? Any side effects?

Are singles painful?


I had the vaccine, I donít remember any side effects. I know people who have had the singles, all said very painful.
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Old 12-04-2020, 10:56 AM   #3
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PAINFUL ! Yes, DW suffered with shingles for close to two months , hers were on both sides so sleeping was very difficult , all clothing caused pain no matter how loose.
She had to wait , for six months after to get the vaccine ; localized swelling from the shot , lasted about four days. 10 years later no shingles.
Shingles ran in her family , her father would have outbreak every 3/4 years.
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My Pops is going through it right now, on his face. (Don't know how severe, cant visit) He's able to keep the itch and pain down just with Calamine. He did NOT get a shot, cant imagine any chance of a reaction being worse.
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Old 12-04-2020, 10:59 AM   #5
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I had the Shingrx vaccine. 2 separate shots. No side effects.

Shingles can be very painful.

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Wife and I are considering getting the shingle vaccine but we are concerned about any side effects.
Has anyone had the shingle vaccine? Any side effects?
Are singles painful?
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My wife and I both have had the vaccine. She was feeling bad for a day or so, I didn't have anything but a sore spot on my arm. This was after the second dose. The first dose didn't affect either of us at all IIRC. It's now a two shot process.
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Old 12-04-2020, 10:59 AM   #7
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Both hubby and I got the Shingrix vaccine, I'm immunocompromised and had no side effects other than my arm hurt for a few days. It was much less painful than getting the shingles!! It was tough to find in our area, we were on a waitlist for over a year, so we paid out of pocket and then waited for our insurance to reimburse us.
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I have had shingles for three years. I wish I could go back and get the vaccination. By all means get it.
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As with any 'cure',

take into account the rates of infection (am I in the population that WILL get it?)

and rates of complications (of those getting it, how many had issues?)


Unless I am in the target audience, I'll probably stay away...
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Both DW and I have had the dual shots. Just a bit of a sore arm, nothing serious.

OTOH, the reason I found our current rig, the previous owner got shingles and had permanent nerve damage in his left arm bad enough that he could no longer drive it.

So my advice is get the shots!
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I had the Shingrx vaccine. 2 separate shots. No side effects.

Shingles can be very painful.

X2 yes.
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My 83 year old mother-in-law started an extreme case of the shingles on the left side of her head and into and behind her left eye in mid-September this year. She nearly lost sight in her left eye and today some 2-1/2 months later is still struggling with pain from the shingles even though the blisters are healed. Her eye sight is better but not fully recovered.

My father (God rest his soul) developed shingles when he was 88 years old on the left side of his torso and middle of his back. He was in extreme pain for six weeks and took six months to fully recover. Neither my father or mother-in-law had received the shingles vaccine. Both my mother and father received the vaccine after his outbreak and neither had any side effects from the vaccine and neither developed shingles after being vaccinated.

Per the CDC anyone who had the chicken pox virus has a 33% chance of developing shingles at some point in their lifetime. For folks over the age of 50 the chance of developoing shingles increases to 50%. And per the CDC, 99% of us born before 1980 had the chicken pox! --> https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/index.html

After witnessing my father and mother-in-law struggle immensely from shingles for many months, my wife and I are both getting our first dose of the Shingrix vaccine this Saturday (12/4/20) as we're both in the 50+ age risk group (we're both 60 years old). We'll then get the second dose in February 2021.

This posting about Shingles is for me another nudge from the Lord above to finally get the vaccine!
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:30 AM   #13
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I had shingles back in 2011
From back of neck -- up/over top on head and down to eyebrow line (right side)
Fortunately it didn't spread to my eye

No one in family both sides have had them.....
ANYBODY can get them especially if you had 'chicken pox' as a child

They ooze, itch/burn and HURT!!!

Get the dang vaccine ...a little arm soreness
*as many vaccines ---injection site soreness

When singles is active....open oozing blisters YOU can spread the virus to someone that hasn't had chicken pox. They then could come down with chicken pox which makes them susceptible to shingles later on in life
The virus lays dormant in your never cells for life

Get the dang vaccine...
The possibility of shingles is worth a sore arm.

And \MASK UP--Wash Hands---Keep your distance to help protect you/others from a far worst virus
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Old 12-04-2020, 11:33 AM   #14
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I just got flu and pneumonia vaccine this week. My wife asked about the shingles vaccine but can't get it till she is 50, which i am. Now that you mention it I will go back and get my shingle vacc.
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