What Should We Know about The New Shingles Vaccine?

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I got the vaccine 1/28...the pain kept waking me up last night. This morning my arm was very painful. I had a dark pink 3 inch circle around the injection site. It is hard and now tonight spreading pain into my shoulder and almost to my elbow. I am taking ibuprofen and icing area and that dark hard pink is spreading    Should I call the doctor?
yes, you should. it's not the normal reaction  of vaccination.
Shingrix vaccine 2 days ago & food taste bad , is this a known side effect & anything to worry about?
It is more common to have redness and pain in the area where the vaccination is given. A small number of people may have mild fever, nausea, dizziness or headache.
The efficacy and safety of vaccines in special ethnic groups such as pregnant women or patients with poor immunity are still to be studied. It is recommended to consult a doctor before vaccination.
I got part 2 of the vaccine yesterday.  My arm is more sore this time than part 1 of the vaccine 2-1/2 months ago.  and I have some chills and mild fever this time. . Just feel tired and lethargic. I read these are possible side effects and should be gone in a few days.  I am just taking it easy. Taking ibuprofen for discomfort and fever.
In addition to age restrictions, there are four categories of people who are not eligible for cervical cancer vaccines.
1. Pregnant women. It is in a sensitive period, it can not be used casually, let alone vaccination, may affect the fetus in the abdomen, but there is no specific research data;
2. Prepare pregnant women. Hong Kong doctors recommend that after the three-needle injection of cervical cancer vaccine is completed, it is best not to be pregnant within six months;
3. People infected with the disease. Cold, fever is not a vaccine for cervical cancer. You can't drink alcohol for a week after the injection, and don't eat spicy food.
4. Allergies. If the active ingredients or excipients in the cervical cancer vaccine induce allergies, it can cause a lot of trouble, such as anaphylactic shock.
How may we get shingles shots.  On two pharmacy waiting lists with 100 folks ahead of us.
Yes, the new shingles vaccine is short of supply, that's why.
Keep checking. Some pharmacies ignore those waiting lists & if it's in stock, they'll give it to you right then.
I got called 3 months after i requested it at Wal-Mart and it made me sick with flu symptoms.I dread the thought of a second shot.
Most people got a sore arm with mild or moderate pain after getting Shingrix, and some also had redness and swelling where they got the shot. Some people felt tired, had muscle pain, a headache, shivering, fever, stomach pain, or nausea. About 1 out of 6 people who got Shingrix experienced side effects that prevented them from doing regular activities.  Symptoms went away on their own in about 2 to 3 days. Side effects were more common in younger people.
It is in most cases safe to get the 2nd shot.
I’m trying to find information on the shingle shot I got. Two days after words out of the blue I became very sick. Fever hot flashes incredible chills no power whatsoever. Are these symptoms that are from getting that the shingles vaccine?
Fever and headache are side effects of shingrix, they're known side effects. Rest and keep hydrated, you should be fine in a few days. If you don't, please go see a doctor.
There could be side effects like this. how long it has last? It feels like you have a fever. Fever: 38.5 ° C, taking antipyretics, need to be observed. >39 ° C, did not recover within 2 days, seek medical attention. If you feel terrible, you should go to ER ASAP.
I had the first shot yesterday. Man did it hurt! A few hours later I was in bad arm pain. I couldn't sleep at all last night.  My entire body ached like I had the flu. I went in my sauna plus took multiple jacuzzi baths. Nothing helped!
Im miserable!! I know I will have to take the second one and man am I scared to repeat this.  Is this normal???
I have taken the first of two shots. I have had a small  outbreak on my scalp, two small out breaks on my chest, and some left eye pain. they all have occurred around 3 weeks after first shot.  My scalp has cleared up after about 8 weeks, my eye is much better after about  6 to 8 weeks, and two spots on chest are almost gone after 4 to 6 weeks. the second shot is not available at present time.
Indications for vaccination:
Individuals ≥ 50 years of age need to be vaccinated against herpes zoster to reduce the risk of developing herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia. Herpes zoster vaccination is not indicated for the treatment of herpes zoster or post-herpetic neuralgia. There are some precautions and contraindications for vaccination, especially those with impaired immune function.

It is not necessary to determine if the patient has a history of varicella or herpes zoster before vaccination, as antibodies to previously exposed patients (especially the elderly) will become lower and lower, although the infection may have been negative in the past. In addition, the reliability of self-reported herpes zoster history is often questionable. Of the individuals who have lived in the United States for 30 years, more than 96% have serological evidence of previous varicella, and most individuals who claim to have had no varicella have VZV antibodies. In addition, in individuals with normal immune function, individuals who have never been exposed to VZV are inadvertently vaccinated with zoster vaccine live (ZVL).
Vaccine selection There are currently 2 types of herpes zoster vaccine:

Inactive recombinant glycoprotein E vaccine [specifically referred to as recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV); trade name is Shingrix]. RZV contains VZV glycoprotein E and an adjuvant (AS01B).

● Live attenuated vaccine (specifically ZVL; trade name is Zostavax). ZVL contains 18,700 (to the expiration date) - 60,000 viral plaque forming units, far exceeding the Oka/Merck varicella vaccine used to prevent chickenpox, which has only about 1350 plaque forming units.

We recommend that most patients with normal immune function be vaccinated with RZV instead of ZVL.

Based on evidence that RZV is more potent, we generally prefer to use RZV, especially for individuals aged 60-89. In addition, there are fewer problems with RZV immunity. Although there is no long-term data on RZV, the protective effect has lasted for 4 years
I’ve had a horrible break out all over my body. I’ve been suffering with this since last October. Went to doctor and I told her I had the shot but she’s treating me as if I have eczema
Thanks for sharing, I'm considering to get one, the local pharmacy has a long waiting list.
If you experience side effects from Shingrix, you should report them to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Your doctor might file this report, or you can do it yourself through the VAERS website, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.
I have gotten my second shot yesterday evening. I’m so sick right now, my fever is up to 101.7 I cannot take Tylenol, aspirin, Motrin, and etc., because I’m on methotrexate , thinking I need to go to the Er if my temp rises any further. I also am dizzy, have massive headache, and need assistance walking up 3 stairs. Not too mention just feel horrible all over, including the soreness at the injection site, all over discomfort, and my eyes feel like they’re on fire!
Why did you take methotrexate? Did you tell this to your doctor? You should go to the ER immediately.
I had the first shot yesterday. Man did it hurt! A few hours later I was in bad arm pain. I couldn't sleep at all last night.  My entire body ached like I had the flu. I went in my sauna plus took multiple jacuzzi baths. Nothing helped!
Im miserable!! I know I will have to take the second one and man am I scared to repeat this.  Is this normal???
Is it normal to have nerve sensitivity in upper leg after having the 1st shot? I had the shot 4.30.19.  Also on my left side my ribs are sore.
I got a shingle shot 4 days ago. I feel a lot of tension

neck. How long will that last an is that normal.
It is normal. It could last a few days to 2 weeks.

Studies show that Shingrix is safe. The vaccine helps your body create a strong defense against shingles. As a result, you are likely to have temporary side effects from getting the shots. The side effects may affect your ability to do normal daily activities for 2 to 3 days.

Most people got a sore arm with mild or moderate pain after getting Shingrix, and some also had redness and swelling where they got the shot. Some people felt tired, had muscle pain, a headache, shivering, fever, stomach pain, or nausea. About 1 out of 6 people who got Shingrix experienced side effects that prevented them from doing regular activities.  Symptoms went away on their own in about 2 to 3 days. Side effects were more common in younger people.

You might have a reaction to the first or second dose of Shingrix, or both doses.  If you experience side effects, you may choose to take over-the-counter pain medicine such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

If you experience side effects from Shingrix, you should report them to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Your doctor might file this report, or you can do it yourself through the VAERS websiteexternal icon, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.

If you have any questions about side effects from Shingrix, talk with your doctor.
The shingles vaccine does not contain thimerosal (a preservative containing mercury).
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