Shingles vaccine---Yes or no???

By jigsaw Latest Reply 2011-12-29 16:36:41 -0600
Started 2011-12-28 20:21:42 -0600

The shingles vaccine is a live virus vaccine unlike the Flu vaccine which is a dead virus vaccine. I have heard that this vaccine is highly recommended if you have ever had Chicken Pox, you are over age 50 and especially over age 60, and you are diabetic. I have have seen some people suffer terribly with Shingles and I definitely want to avoid it. A live virus vaccine concerns me! Any info, exprience, and opinions would be appreciated.

7 replies

pixsidust 2011-12-29 13:47:14 -0600 Report

Get it. The pain from shingles is horrible. I hear the nerve damage can last for years

jigsaw 2011-12-29 16:36:41 -0600 Report

pixidust—-Thanks! I'm weighing the odds carefully! Oodles of good info here! I'll probably throw myself to the wolves and get it, just not quite sure yet.

re1ndeer 2011-12-29 05:57:05 -0600 Report

I got this vaccine this year. It is quite expensive and most insurances don't cover it. (over $200.00 )
My doctor reccomended this vaccine to me because of my immune issues. They inject you into the upper part of your arm (it does hurt for a couple of days).

I reccomend it to everyone I know who has had the chicken pox in the past.

jigsaw 2011-12-29 06:37:40 -0600 Report

Thanks for your response! If I decide to take the vaccine, I will post the results on the DC site.

jayabee52 2011-12-29 06:07:23 -0600 Report

That's strange, Jem's Dr cautioned against taking a live vaccine because of her immuno compromised status. Let us know how it turns out for you dear1!

jayabee52 2011-12-29 03:27:03 -0600 Report

I haven't even thought about a shingles vaccine. But taking a live virus and introducing it into my body deliberately seems to be a no-go for me.

I remember in 2009 when they had the swine flu "pandemic" my bride Jem was alive back then and they had the nasal mist "vaccine" for the H1N1. We skipped that one on the advice of her PCP because of her already challenged immune system.

I decided to look up shingles vaccine and here is something from 2007 in the New york times ~

And from Mayo clinic a more postitive spin on the vaccine here ~

For me, however, I believe I will skip the vaccine.

jigsaw 2011-12-29 06:35:31 -0600 Report

Thanks jayabee52! Definitely some important info from respectable sources. My insurance does cover the shingles vaccine. The county where I live does offer it, and I would not even have to pay a deductible. I did have chicken pox as a child and my mother had shingles in her early 80s. I also read a story on the internet by an individual that broke out with shingles shortly after taking the vaccine. I'm still pondering the idea. A live vaccine concerns me, but getting shingles concerns me even more…