Shingles Vaccination / Got Yours Yet?

Shingles. No one can say how mild or serious your shingles may be but why take a chance?
Shingles. No one can say how mild or serious your shingles may be but why take a chance? | Source

Shingles Come Without Warning

Too late to play it safe.

All of a sudden I had such a burning down my back! There was no rash but it felt like there should be; and the pain! I called my doctor up right away and went in to see her. She said it sounds like Shingles.

What? I had only recently thought about Shingles and wondered if I should have the vaccine. Was I old enough? Did I wait too late? I was devastated; had something been warning me and I just wouldn't listen?

The doctor said she would write me a prescription for an anti viral drug and to only go get it if a rash appeared and she seemed sure it would. The rash would mean I had shingles and it was weekend so she was sure enough to trust me to take the medication just as soon as a rash appeared; then get back in to see her first thing on Monday!


Who knows when shingles will take hold in our systems and maybe take over our lives and rob us of the joy we might others have if we had only been vaccinated?
Who knows when shingles will take hold in our systems and maybe take over our lives and rob us of the joy we might others have if we had only been vaccinated? | Source

Do Not Let Time Run Out

Shingles Vaccination

What do you think about this vaccination and will you or have you received it?

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Shingles, which is also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection of the nerve roots. It's an infection most commonly seen in people 50 and older although it is also common in people with weak immune systems such as people living with HIV. Anyone who has had chickenpox are candidates to get shingles.

Once we have had chickenpox this virus lays dormant in our body’s nerve tissues and though our immune system keeps this virus down it can re-energize in the adult body in an altered form of infection call shingles.

Shingles affects one in five adults who were infected with chickenpox as children, particularly those who are immune inhibited, especially from cancer, HIV, and other like conditions.

Every year more than one million people just in the in the U.S. suffer the shingles outbreak, which is a blistering rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. These are fluid filled blisters than can come with terrible itching and pain. Shingles symptoms though can act like other conditions, anywhere from an allergic drug rash to a poison ivy outbreak.

  • Usually, only one side of the body is affected. Rash and blisters that form with shingles are generally limited to one side of the body. They will appear in clusters or linear bands but they do not cross the mid-line of the body.
  • You have already had chickenpox, are over the age of 50, or have a suppressed immune system as is the case in HIV or diabetes. In order to have shingles, the person must have had chickenpox sometime in their lifetime. People over the age of 50 or have a weakened immune system as is the case with HIV-positive people are at an increased risk of having a shingles outbreak.


Prodromal and Eruptive

Phases of shingles

Who should be vaccinated and when?

The United States Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices suggests that every adult over 60 years old who have had chicken pox get the herpes zoster vaccine.

Now the FDA has approved it for those 50 and up in case you thought you had a while to wait! It is said to be 70% effective in this age group. Of the 30% who still get it they suffer much less and shorter times so it sounds like a win/win to me and I voted for that for myself. Also since the likelihood of shingles increases with age it is much better to get it as soon as you can!


Outbreaks of shingles occur in two phases: the prodromal and the eruptive. Symptoms differ; depending on the phase. Prodromal symptoms happen 2 to 7 days before rash or blisters appear which include numbness, tingling, burning, itching, possibly shooting pain of one side of the face or body at the site where the outbreak is about to occur.

Some have other general complaints before the outbreak that may include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • nausea
  • chills
  • general flu like symptoms
  • After the pain starts, blisters filled with fluid that will flare up in clusters or in lined patterns.
  • Pain and itching related with the blisters are from very mild to severe.
  • In around 2 weeks, the blisters become fluid filled and will crust over.
  • From beginning to end, the shingles rash will last from 3 to 5 weeks.
  • Pain from this (pain after the rash clears) can last anywhere from weeks to years after and outbreak and known as post-herpetic pain.

Where Do Shingles Erupt?

Shingles blisters can erupt anywhere you find nerves; although there are places on the body where shingles eruptions are most likely to break out and those areas are:

  • one side of the buttocks;
  • the arms, legs, or near the armpit
  • one side of the face
  • on sides of your torso, even spreading around to the back
  • the waistline but never crossing the midline (shingles only occur on one side of the body, never both)

Don't freak out but take it seriously

As uncomfortable and painful as shingles are; they are seldom life-threatening. You should seek medical treatment as soon as you suspect you may be having a shingles outbreak, though and oral antiviral medications are basically the treatment of choice. Hospitalization may be required for outbreaks on the face or near the eyes or ears where more damage can be done. Seek help immediately! Shingles may have long lasting pain and other complications if not treated in time.

Stress and anxiety weakens the immune system. Shingles may be a serious outcome from that!
Stress and anxiety weakens the immune system. Shingles may be a serious outcome from that! | Source

Safety Information About ZOSTAVAX

Shingles brought on by stress?

Now we are finding out that stress can bring on shingles as well. The way I understand it in the studies I tried to gather are that emotional stress makes a person more apt to developing shingles because stress lowers immunity. Our body cannot fight off the virus effectively when we are weakened by depressions and anxieties in our lives and a number of illnesses can evade our bodies; shingles just being another we are at risk to get.

More complications of shingles


  • Vision loss
  • Pneumonia
  • Brain inflammation
  • Hearing problems
  • Skin infections
  • Neurologic problems

ZOSTAVAX is a vaccine used to prevent Shingles (also known as zoster).

  • ZOSTAVAX is not 100% which means some people who get the vaccine may still get Shingles. (Read above about that.)
  • You will be warned to not get ZOSTAVAX if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, such as gelatin or neomycin, if you have a weakened immune system, or take high doses of steroids, are pregnant or plan to be. You should not take this to prevent chickenpox.
  • Talk to your doctor if you plan to get ZOSTAVAX at the same time as PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) it is recommended to get these vaccines at least 4 weeks apart.
  • Possible side effects include redness, pain, itching, swelling, lump, heat, or even bruising at the injection site, possible headache.
  • ZOSTAVAX being a vaccine contains a weakened chickenpox virus so therefore tell your doctor if you will be in close contact with newborn infants, someone pregnant who has not had chickenpox or been vaccinated against chickenpox, or anyone with problems with their immune system. Your doctor can give you any added information you need on this.

Just a little prick. Most of us fear needles but they do some great things for us, don't they?
Just a little prick. Most of us fear needles but they do some great things for us, don't they? | Source

Help for shingles

Antiviral Drugs
DIY Help
Gabapentin
Prescribed to speed healing
Over counter pain meds
Prescribed for
Reduce severity of rash
Calamine lotion
Severe Neurological problems
 
Oatmeal bath
 
 
Cool compress
 

Personal Experience With Vaccine

Painful rash

Looks bad and didn't feel great but over in just a couple days. Very worth it! Ice pack is best treatment.
Looks bad and didn't feel great but over in just a couple days. Very worth it! Ice pack is best treatment. | Source

Ice pack and cover works great

I used these ice packs placed inside a pocket mitten. One night it was the only way to continue sleeping without the itch and burn. The terry lets you enjoy the cold without discomfort.
I used these ice packs placed inside a pocket mitten. One night it was the only way to continue sleeping without the itch and burn. The terry lets you enjoy the cold without discomfort. | Source

What my problem was I may never know. Maybe a blessing in disguise? My rash never showed up and I was feeling better the very next day so I did not have Shingles but I had the scare that would make me get the vaccination!

I received my vaccination at Walmart pharmacy and the injection was given in the pinched flesh and fat behind and up from the elbow. It was only a slight prick, not even a pinch really and over in a minute and did not leave even a drop of blood.

They do not want you having this too close to the pneumonia vaccine and I had that in May so I was fine there. I am one of those people that shies away from vaccines for flu, etc. but the older I get the better I think my chances are with some things especially that can cause such misery and pain such as pneumonia that cause millions of infections and deaths worldwide each year and shingles that is so ugly and painful!

I thank my parents for vaccinations that kept me alive healthy as a child and now it is my responsibility as an adult to take care of myself. Not only for my sake but for the loved ones that would probably have to be responsible for my care if I did not.

I didn't get by Scott free for as with any immunization there can be some side effects and the next day the site was swollen slightly, red and itchy. I called and found out that with only these symptoms an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time and Tylenol would ease the pain; and it has! This will go away in about two to three days. Small price to pay!

Please get vaccinated! You have nothing to lose and much to avoid!

A Very Simple Explanation of Shingles

Video

Sources

http://www.zostavax.com/shingles-photos.html?utm_source=&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=shingels&utm_campaign=&utm_content=

Gottesman, D.; "Could it Be Shingles?" Health Monitor Network; September 2009.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.; "The Facts about Shingles"; 2009.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickenpox

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoster_vaccine

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mary615 16 months ago from Florida

I've never had Shingles, thank goodness, but I've had friends who have. They say the pain in terrible! Another friend got the vaccine, then a couple of years later, she got a mild case of Shingles. I didn't know that could happen.

I have had the vaccine!

Very informative Hub. Voted UP.


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Virginia Allain 16 months ago from Central Florida

We are so glad we've had our shingles shot. I've heard plenty from friends and relatives who have suffered horrible pain from getting shingles. My aunt said it was worse than when she broke a bone.

I do urge everyone to get it so they don't suffer this horrible attack. You might want to rethink the flu vaccine and start getting that each year. Flu can lay you low for weeks and no one has time for that. It can even go into complications and kill you.


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word55 16 months ago from Chicago

Very good information here Jackie, thank God I've never had Shingles but you never know what might attack out of the blue. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful summer day. God bless!


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Glenn Stok 16 months ago from Long Island, NY

The timing of your hub is incredible. Because I just had the experience of getting shingles a few months ago.

In my case it was on my face. And I'm glad that's where I had it because I didn't have to deal with the torture of clothing touching the rash.

As you said, it was only on one side. It started with my face suddenly feeling like cardboard. Then the rash broke out the next day. My doctor prescribed an antiviral just as your doctor had done. The entire experience lasted for about a month until I was looking normal again.

In my case I was stressing myself out studying everything about Medicare, because I just turned 65. My doctor said that stress is probably what brought it on. And yes, I did have chickenpox when I was a child.

As for the vaccine, some say there is still an advantage even after I had had shingles. But others say the statistics show that most people just get one attack in a lifetime. So I still need to decide. My doctor said I need to wait a year after the attack anyway.


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Ericdierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very cool. I just learned all I need to know. I will certainly ask my doctor about it and do as indicated. Thank you.


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rebeccamealey 16 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I've heard shingles are awful. Great info, Jackie, Thanks. I just saw yesterday where our pharmacy is offering shingles shots. I want to get one.


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Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

Informative and useful hub here, dear Jackie! Oh, I pray I never get the Shingles, as my precious mother got them when she was in her 80s and they are indeed terribly painful. She was always able to handle any kind of pain better than most can. I did not realize there is a vaccine for Shingles ...good to know!

That is fascinating that it only occurs on one side of the body to never cross. A young girl with whom I work has something that looks exactly like these do on one side of her body in linear on her arms and legs. Wonder what it could be being she is only in her 30s?

They look horrible as they feel. Woo, your shot area sure did have a reaction there, but glad it is better. Do they recommend anyone over 50 to get the shot?

Up awesome, useful and interesting and sharing everywhere

Hugs and love,

Theresa


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes, Mary, as with most things like this there are those chances still although small; but who knows how much the vaccine still helped her.

So glad you have the vaccine! Thanks for reading and sharing! Maybe help others to decide.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

The only reason I don't get the flu one Virginia is because they really have no idea what flu will be hitting and it is a lot of guess work. I will read up on it again this fall. I don't like being sick.

Thanks for helping me push this vaccine and hope others read about your friends experiences! I am sure glad I made it in time!!!!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Please get the vaccination, word, so your chances will be much slimmer you ever do get it! Thank God for vaccinations!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You were so lucky Glen; the many I looked at on the face were so bad I could not make myself put a picture here and then too it can get in your eye if on your face and blind you! Thank heavens you did not have all that. I didn't know you were not apt to have more than one attack; I missed that in my studies although I do remember some attacks are for short periods and some for years. I should stress that point. Still a big gamble not to have the vaccine.

Hope you are advising all to have the vaccine! Thanks for stopping by.


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PegCole17 16 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Oh dear, poor you. Sorry that you had to experience this. Thanks for this timely reminder that some of us (ahem) need to pay heed to this possibility. (Age and history of Chicken Pox, check, yes.)

My Mom came down with this on July the 4th a few years ago. I was determined to get the vaccine after seeing her suffer but I never did. Perhaps it's time.


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Glenn Stok 16 months ago from Long Island, NY

Thanks for your reply to my comment Jackie. Just to be clear, yes, I am definitely in favor of the vaccine. Having had the experience I can attest to the pain that was involved. My point was about the statistics of a reoccurrence for people who already had an attack.

By the way, my shingles did get very close to my eye. My primary doctor sent me to my ophthalmologist to check on it. I was lucky. It stopped just short of my eye. But you are very right, people can lose their sight if it attacks the eye. Another reason for getting the vaccine.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Eric! My doctor never mentioned it to me or I probably would have gotten it sooner. I thought you had to be 65. You can get it at 5o now. Please do get it!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Don't put it off Rebecca, please go get it over and be safe!


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I did opt for the shingles vaccine because I found myself watching my poor husband go through the severe discomfort of having a case of shingles.

After observing what he went through and knowing him as well as I did, I knew this was something I wanted to avoid if at all possible. My husband (R.I.P) never complained. Quite the contrary, in that I would have to insist he see his Dr. when he had a health issue.

I had heard through the years about the severe pain of shingles. It is much more real and powerful when you experience a loved one actually dealing with a case of shingles.

Thank you for this informative hub!....I hope people take note!!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes Peg; please do; it is all a gamble that you won't have a serious case and knowing it can cause so many bad things including blindness I was frantic to get it! I had put mine off too until I had the scare and learned all it could do!

Don't wait!!!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks so much Glen for coming back to clarify and seconding that emotion! Hope many see your comment and listen well!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Paula~Thank you for sharing that. I am sure even a milder case is very bad but having testimony from ones like you to let us know how very bad it can be may help many to go ahead and get that vaccine and the thing is that other than a possible shot site rash there are no other fears from it and what it prevents certainly makes it worth the risk of a little rash!


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

Voted Up and Useful! Thanks for this important information on shingles. I still have a bottle of Calamine from a false diagnosis a few years ago. So glad you didn't have shingles either. Very thoughtful of you to share your experience and your findings. Well done!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Dora if you think you have shingles you need an antiviral medicine as soon as you can get it. Better yet get the vaccine and never worry about it again!


Rachel L Alba 16 months ago

Hi Jackie, does that mean if you never had chicken pox you won't get shingles? Or just have a lesser chance? I have seen other with it, my mother suffered with it on her side. It was awful. I saw a woman who had it all over her face, she was in agony. If that shot prevents shingles, then it's worth thinking about. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings to you.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are OK if you never had Chicken Pox Rachel. It is a bit of the virus left in you (at the base of the brain I think I read!) from Chicken Pox that gets energized or activated to give you shingles.

You can of course still get Chicken Pox if you have never had them.

I do hope many will go get their immunization to this.

Thanks for reading!


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Michael-Milec 16 months ago

Jackie Lynnley , this one alarming article to accept as a fact some people have to go through. You took seriously the approach of scary visitation didn't you? Supposedly any healthy person senses immediately when the "enemy" is 'delivering' a gift to' kill and destroy." It depends if we receive or not a strange package of developing illness. "Viruses lay dormant in our bodies" as you said, and to my understanding every of these known and unknown sicknesses are "dormant" within our earthly bodies at the moment of our arrival to this by sin affected planet. . . We have to be on alert, someone has show me how to,- and since I simply do fight " symptoms " the moment I feel a strange approach, confessing out loud " I don't want you, don't need you, don't accept you, whatever your name is, go away... in the Name of . . . . s, knowing - 'by His stripe we are healed...' I rather accept healing thanking Him quite frequently for " divine health and divine prosperity..." - occupying with other things instead. ( Well crazy as sounds - it works for many, works for mer too.' (( There is this tool called belief we are given to use and apply.))

So, it is better to get the vaccine if that is someone voluntaries to put trust in and believe. There is a cure available one way or the other. We do make right choices don't we?...

Voted up and interesting.

Be blessed and keep being healthy.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are working from a broader plane than most of us Michael and I would not judge you for one minute but wish I was living on the same plane with all the faith that you possess. Bless you and may you always follow this same path and pray for those of us not yet there! I will and do thank God for what has been given to mankind to help us so much over the centuries.

Thanks so much for stopping by to share that with us!


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ladyguitarpicker 16 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Jackie, Glad you got the shot for the shingles. My husband had them and it was extremely hard on him. The rash left him with nerve pain and he is now on gabapentin. I also have a 24 year old granddaughter who had shingles several times they finally gave her the shot. She has a very stressful job and the doctor decided she should get the shot. Glad you are over this, as it can be very dangerous. voted up and sharing.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Stella and for sharing about your husband and granddaughter. It doesn't happen often but younger people can get shingles and I hope they come up with a vaccine for those younger than 50!


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Michael-Milec 16 months ago

Oh Jackie, we all are "living on the same plane." ( Lovely phrase, what does it mean?) . There isn't much ' special" in Michael's faith. A victory in some are of believing, who dent have when not wavering in need? We all do. We only need to be consistent, not giving up after first, second, third or other time not receiving right away. In our family 'we' needed healthy body, we were poor in need constantly working-providing, not having time to believe and accept the sickness . Thus as I was telling "others" by his stripes we are healed, I told the Lord that I need that manifestation... Some mature believers help me to be steadfast an speak out boldly. Nothing too hard for any willing and obedient. Besides we have one scripture where the Master says " I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail..." Do we believe this promos as often as we ought to? Every time I did, a miracle would follow. Every,- Single,- Believer, "may always follow this same path and pray..." The focus of our Lord's love is focused on us, WE OUGHT TO KNOW AND REMEMBER, that when we want Him most, the Lord Jesus Christ is most to us... Meanwhile as we look around us, for centuries the christian-like mankind chose the sideways of the true Gospel, created a puppet jesus for themselves , making faith rather diverting so to say as I see it in the light of the Word's promises.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

The plane I am speaking of Michael is the spiritual one; the one we all should strive more to live on. I so love to remind people that not only by His blood are we saved but by His stripes we are healed and that is one we do not pay enough attention to. The word says it though and we do need to grab it, claim it and treat it as much the truth as our salvation. I know you are much closer to this for whatever reasons it is. Bless you and may it always be.


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billybuc 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

I've never had it. I don't think I know anyone who has, but I've heard it is incredibly painful. So sorry you ran into this. Thanks for sharing what you know about it with us.


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Larry Rankin 16 months ago from Oklahoma

I've seen what shingles can do first hand. I feel like the positives of the vaccination far outweigh any negatives.


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WillStarr 16 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

My mother suffered greatly from shingles before the vaccine became available, so when they first appeared, I wasted no time getting one myself.

Great Hub, Jackie!


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lifegate 16 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for all your good research and the warning. As we get older we run more of a risk of "catching" these things. Glad you took the time to get it all down for us to understand!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks for reading Bill; I got the vaccine!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I do too Larry! I had a couple of uncomfortable days but I would never trade that for actual shingles!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

So glad you are safe now Will and thanks for dropping by to let us know! I hope this will encourage many.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Bill; I hope I did clear it up for many and mostly made the ones who don't have the vaccine go get it!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes Nell, you should! If anyone has had chicken pox they are a candidate no matter where they live and this is some great vaccine. It is so horrible to come down with something like this when we already have so much hitting us getting older! We have more years so we may as well enjoy them!

Hope you will see about it for yourself!


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aviannovice 16 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I didn't realize that there was a vaccine. How much do they run at Walmart? I am not insured.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

They can be as much as $200 Deb; I am pretty sure the pharmacist told me. But it doesn't cost a thing to go find out. I thought I would have to pay more than I did and I was very pleased...so do ask anyway. Might be surprised. Maybe it is like medicines at Walmart where you can get less expensive ones. I made it clear I could not pay a lot, whether that had anything to do with final price I do not know.


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Peggy W 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

My hubby and I have both had the vaccine and with our insurance we only paid a fraction of the full cost of the shingles injection since we are both seniors passing that magic Medicare age. The people I know who have had shingles said that it was excruciating pain that they suffered. Definitely worth getting the shot! Thanks for bringing awareness to this. Will share.


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much Peggy for sharing. It is a horrible disease and some may be luckier than others but there is no way to know until it is too late. Having to face aging is bad enough with who knows what we may be facing, so we sure do want to knock out all the potentially bad we can!

I did feel an urgency to get this out and I hope many do catch it in time.


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ocfireflies 16 months ago from North Carolina

Jackie,

This is such an important hub and your presentation is informative and user-friendly. I see the commercials about shingles and have wanted to know more so thank you for providing that information. I do not remember having the chickenpox for I was only a baby, but after having read your hub, I feel certain it is imperative that I get the vaccine. Unfortunately, I may need to wait a little longer for right now I am dealing with gallstones and am scheduled to have my gall bladder removed on 8/7. In the meantime, I am spending my time trying to be there for my dad as we all continue to go through the grieving process of losing my mom in May. Anyway, know that this hub will be voted up and shared everywhere. You really did an awesome job providing valuable information. Looking forward to getting back on track with health and life.

Many Blessings Always,

Kim


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Bless you Kim and I hope you are well and feeling great very soon! I think you are a fighter like me so never give up. We are not ready to get old and down yet; are we? No!

If you have not had chicken pox you do not need the vaccine. Most who have had it have at least one small pox scare somewhere. Perhaps the face or arm? It is usually so small you would hardly notice it; but just ask your doctor; am sure he/she will guide you well.

I have a doctor now that is female first of all which I prefer since they know a female's body and feelings but also she is just right on top of getting everything done for me and I could not be happier! I wish it for you too.


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ocfireflies 16 months ago from North Carolina

Jackie,

So far it has not been too bad. I must sit in a lucky spot for as I write this, it is raining outside. And we seem to get a rain shower almost every day which has helped with the heat. I think it is just being in the mountains because when I take my dad to Hickory to the doctor, as soon as we go off the mountain, the temp easily rises 10+ degrees. Hope cooler days are ahead for you. And I will get the vaccination now that I feel so much more informed. Your hub really did provide a great service.

Wishing you a tall glass of homemade lemonade and lounger underneath a big happy and not withering tree.

Love,

Kim


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Kim! I have been thinking lemonade all day (those lemons are so very good for you!) and so now that you bring it up I think it is the thing to do! Just have to sit under the air conditioner instead but that is OK too.

I always wanted to live in the NC mountains. There was this old lady so many years ago talked to me about Jefferson or Jefferson County (?) and it sounded so much like heaven that I made a plan to go check it out one day...but I never did. It is nice not having much if any winter though as I am not one to drive on bad roads. lol

Well; am glad you have your heavenly rain there and perhaps your rain will blow our way! (((((Hugs!)))))


Phil Riddel 16 months ago

Very useful and informative article - I didn't know there was a vaccine. I'm over 50 and had chickenpox years ago, so I'd better look into this!


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

Glad you stopped by Phil; please do check with your doctor. It seems many of them are not mentioning this to their patients and they really should be. It can be very bad and we have no way of know how bad until we are attacked with it.

Thanks for your comment!


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peachpurple 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home

Are singles similar to rashes? They look almost alike


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Jackie Lynnley 16 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

I would assume so but really much worse. Maybe it is like chicken pox? (Since you could give someone chicken pox who has never had them from shingles.)

Not only is there the burn of the rash but also can be horrible pain. The unlucky ones can have it for years!


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norlawrence 2 months ago from California

Great article. I had shingles in my 20s and never had chicken pox. It was terrible. Thanks for all the information.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

That is horrible, Norma; hope I can talk as many as possible into getting the shot, I am so glad I did.


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Terrielynn1 5 weeks ago from Valleyview

Thank you for writing about this. I had a blow out case of chicken pox at the age of 27. The worst case ever. Head to toe. They could still detect the virus in my blood a year and 1/2 later. After reading this I think I'd better get the shot for shingles. I wonder why they never suggested it?


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Jackie Lynnley 5 weeks ago from The Beautiful South Author

I have no idea Terri, could it be getting it so late in life? I would discuss it with them and get it if you can. What is worse than a continual burn and itch and especially if it lasts for years! What a life that would be.

Thanks for the comment, hope others heed the same advice.


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Terrielynn1 5 weeks ago from Valleyview

Thank you. I'll be asking my GP at my next appointment.


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ladyguitarpicker 5 weeks ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Hi, My husband had the shingles from hell, and still has pain 3 years later. He never really got over it. I got my shot right after I saw that. My granddaughter is 25 and has had the shingles 3 times. They will not give her the shot as they say she is too young. Glad you are doing good.


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Jackie Lynnley 8 days ago from The Beautiful South Author

Great Terrie, I encourage everyone to not put this off, it can be so horrible!


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Jackie Lynnley 8 days ago from The Beautiful South Author

I hope many read what you say here Stella, your husband at least could be a lesson to help many forego that misery if they will listen to reason. I have had some bad times with allergic reaction to a lotion that lasted a very long time but I am sure nothing compared to Shingles. It can be a horrible horrible pain I know we would wish on no one! Thank you for your input!

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