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Shingles Vaccine (Shingles vax)


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Has anyone tried the shingles vax (shingles vaccine) and have anything to report about it?


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I've had shingles four times in total. We've had all of the shingles vaccines, the first being only about 50% effective.

As soon as the new one became available, we had it. We are way over the age of 50, and I would suggest that you get a doctor's OK before embarking on this.

However, neither of us had any really undesirable symptoms, apart from the usual ones, that is. This newest vaccine is very protective (something like 95%) and is supposed to last for a lifetime. It's given in two doses about a month apart.

I don't think my body could withstand another bout of shingles....the three together left me rather bedridden for a year....just horrible. This was before the antivirals became widely available and the symptoms would drive anyone crazy. Worse though, is the neuropathy that lingers. Severe pain, although a lot of mine has resolved with time...but I'm lucky.

I under that it's about $300 if you have to pay for it yourself. We didn't as Medicare covered the cost. I finally decided to take a chance and get it myself as my doctors couldn't decide whether or not I should have it. Sadly, it should also be noted that a lot of doctors have never actually seen shingles themselves. It's becoming more common all of the time with the aging and immune deficient population. I hope this helps. Yours, Lenora