Got the Shingles Vaccination !

jigsaw
By jigsaw Latest Reply 2012-11-06 05:28:40 -0600
Started 2012-11-03 08:30:06 -0500

I was hesitant to get this vaccination ! My doctors all recommended it, and took it themselves in some cases. My wife, being much braver than I, took it also. The pharmacist that gave her the vaccination got it. Finally, I decided to take it ! I felt a little tired afterwards, but that's all. My wife had no side effects at all.
Shingles is an extremely painful condition. It's not something that you would want to deal with. If you have ever had Chicken Pox, then the virus (Varicella Zoster) Is lieing dormant in your body ! The older you are, the greater the chance that the virus will take hold and become active.
So, being the big chicken that I am, I finally got vaccinated anyway, and I thought I would share that with you.
I'm sure there are many of you with varied opinions. I have heard a few stories related in the past. It might be a good idea to update opinions, and info on this topic.
What Do You Think About This Vaccination !


13 replies

Lizardfan
Lizardfan 2012-11-05 22:10:28 -0600 Report

I got mine too! My hubby persuaded me, he has permanent nerve damage from shingles. It is the worst pain imaginable. After five years his pain finally subsided and now only bothers him occasionally. That made a believer out of me, if I could prevent it I was sure gonna do my part.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-11-06 05:28:40 -0600 Report

That's exactly how I felt ! If I could cut the odds, and the neg risks for the vaccine are extremely low, then I was going to do it.
Thanks for keeping me company, I was beginning to think that I was the only corageous one here ! (-;

tabby9146
tabby9146 2012-11-03 16:43:46 -0500 Report

I had chicken pox as a child, but have not gotten the vac. yet and I don't plan to any time in the near future, but it is a very important thing to think about. not sure if I will get it later on or not I don't think it has been around a long time? studied much? that is why I am hesitant. thanks for sharing. It is an important topic for sure.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-11-03 17:34:12 -0500 Report

Well Tabby, I'm not sure of your age, and if I was younger than 50, I would probably not get the shot. I have seen a few people with shingles, and it is extremely painful and debilitating. Here are two informative links:

http://www.ksby.com/news/new-study-highlights...

http://suite101.com/article/pros-and-cons-of-...

http://www.shinglesinfo.com/shinglesinfo/shin...

tabby9146
tabby9146 2012-11-03 16:43:46 -0500 Report

I had chicken pox as a child, but have not gotten the vac. yet and I don't plan to any time in the near future, but it is a very important thing to think about. not sure if I will get it later on or not I don't think it has been around a long time? studied much? that is why I am hesitant. thanks for sharing. It is an important topic for sure.

byrun
byrun 2012-11-03 09:27:54 -0500 Report

My doc has also said that I should get this vaccination. Been thinking about doing so, lately. This does help, thank you.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-11-03 09:45:59 -0500 Report

byrun, it's been a few months since my wife took the vaccination, and she is still as feisty as ever she was !!! It's been a few weeks for me, and I'm fine also. It does take about two weeks for the body to identify and build immunity to the virus, as per the pharmacist. Apparently, if there was going to be a negative reaction, we would have known by now.
Good luck with what ever you decide !

DeanaG
DeanaG 2012-11-03 09:20:06 -0500 Report

I have been debating getting this one and plan on discussing it with my doctor on Monday.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-11-03 09:35:36 -0500 Report

I think it's a good idea to discuss it with your doctor. It took me a year and a half to finally make my decision. During this time period, I discussed it with a handful of doctors, and a couple of pharmacists. All of them felt it was a good idea to take the vaccine. None of them claimed to see any serious adverse reactions.
There is risk with any vaccine, but the risk is generally very small, and that appears to be the overall professional consensus with this vaccine.
All we can do is get as much info a s possible, from reliable sources and hopefully make a good decision !

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