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« on: September 20, 2018, 09:47:57 PM »

I know we're not supposed to have the shingles vaccination because it is a live virus.

I went in for my flu shot the other day (I just went to Walgreen's), and as I was filling out the consent/patient info form, they asked if you have cancer or any take certain meds that affect your immune system.  They spelled out specific meds, but none of them were the usual meds that we have to take.

So I asked the pharmacist who administered my flu shot and asked if it was still the case that tx patients should not have the shingles vax.  He said to ask my tx coordinator (well, no surprise there), but he went on to say that there is a new shingles vaccination that uses DEAD virus and that it might be possible that I could have it.

Has anyone heard of this new vaccination?  Have any of you had it?  I thought that was really interesting because a colleague of my husband got ocular shingles and was in a right state for months.  I know I have the virus already and would like to avoid it blowing up into shingles!
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2018, 10:28:32 PM »

Shingles is your childhood case of chickenpox attacking you again.  I've had shingles and have had the shot.  If you have never experienced shingles, I can assure you that dead or alive virus the vaccination is the smart way to go.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2018, 10:51:55 PM »

I did hear about the new shot and am looking to take it too. Shingles is nothing to mess around with.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018, 08:22:13 AM »

Thanks for that, lulu and Jean!

I will be seeing my transplant nephrologist in early November for my annual check up, and I will ask her about it.  If she clears me to take it, I will certainly do so.  The Walgreens pharmacist said that it is very popular and that they have had trouble keeping the vaccine in stock!  I guess that now that it is made with the dead virus, many more people are able to get it.

It seems to me that transplant centers should notify their patients about things like this.  The literature they give me is now 6 years old and is obviously a bit obsolete!
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2018, 08:36:18 AM »

My neph told me to get the Shingrex vaccine now (this was a while ago) because it was a one-time vaccine and as a live virus it was as "right out" after transplant as counting to 4 before tossing the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch.
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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2018, 08:48:59 AM »

I had been on the list for two years and was about to get listed at a second center when I first asked about the (then) live vaccine, so this would have been about 7 years ago.  I was told that I could have the vaccine but that then I would be ineligible for a transplant for the next three months.  I just KNEW that if I got the shot, the PERFECT kidney would be available to me before that time was up, and I dared not take the chance.  So, I've been kind of living in dread of shingles.  My dad had them many years ago, and it was not a pretty site.  I happened to be visiting him when he asked me to look at his back because it felt weird.  He lifted up his shirt, and I saw immediately that it was shingles.  I'd never seen shingles before on a live person, but I had seen some photos, and my dad's was picture perfect.

And then when I heard about my husband's colleague having shingles in his EYES...!  Arrrgh!

So, thanks for that, Simon Dog!
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2018, 02:07:55 PM »

My clinic told me no problem, no waiting period.
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2018, 07:35:34 AM »

I had my 6 months' visit at the transplant clinic yesterday and asked my neph about the new shingles vaccine. He said that there was some concern that the vaccine would improve the immune system (bad for transplant patients) so they're waiting for a study of the new shingles vaccine and transplant patients to be published soon. We agreed I'd ask him about it at my next appointment in the spring. I had the live shingles vaccine about 6 months before my transplant and would like to get this new one, if it's allowed.
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2018, 07:41:18 PM »

If you can find it anywhere, the two-dose Shingrix vaccine is preferred to the single-dose Zostavax.  The latter consists of a live virus, the former a dead one, or as they prefer to say, a non-live one.  The problem is that pharmacies don't have it in stock and don't know when they'll be getting it in.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2018, 04:34:21 AM »


There is a lot I do not understand here.

Lulu mentioned that she has had shingles, then went on to say she has since has the vaccine.  I would have thought that after having the bug she would have developed the immunity and not needed the vaccine.

Soo mentioned that she has had the live vaccine and is waiting to see if she can have the newer version.  One 'live' vaccine isn't enough?

Wife had shingles around her left side at the waist.  It looked like a Mid-Evil curse.  The meds were crazy expensive back then.  Her pain was un-immaginable.

I had about a 2 1/2 inch 'spot' of white pus blisters low on the inside of my left calf.  No pain.  Just a messy sore.  Our Dr told me it was shingles.  This was in the late 70's.

So since I evidently have had shingles do I need to have the vaccine?


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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2018, 07:54:07 AM »

I don't remember saying I'd had the live virus vaccine.  I have not had a shingles shot at all.  I see the post and apparently left out the word "not". 
That said, however, I do think the shot is a good idea.

If your "spot" was not painful and healed unaided by any professional treatment, that doesn't sound like shingles.  Not like mine at all.  Not saying it was not shingles only that your description is very different.
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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2018, 07:13:12 AM »

My understanding is that the new shingles' vaccine (Shingrex) is more effective than the previous vaccine (90% vs 67%). Having shingles once does not prevent you from getting it again. Unless you realize you have shingles quickly and get treatment for it ASAP, the pain might never go away even though the rash does. My poor father-in-law didn't get treatment quickly enough and for the remaining years of his life anyone who gave him a hug caused him great pain. An effective shingles' vaccine is a wonderful thing. I hope I will be able to receive the new one.

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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2018, 10:23:35 AM »

I don't remember saying I'd had the live virus vaccine.  I have not had a shingles shot at all.  I see the post and apparently left out the word "not". 
That said, however, I do think the shot is a good idea.

If your "spot" was not painful and healed unaided by any professional treatment, that doesn't sound like shingles.  Not like mine at all.  Not saying it was not shingles only that your description is very different.

I make lots of posting errors.  Fortunately most are simple spelling errors and Cass stays busy correcting me.

It was crazy how my 'spot' remained localized where my Wifes obviously followed the nerve path from her spine clear around her side to within a quarter inch of her belly button.

But they were the same raised white pus blisters and our Dr convinced me that I indeed had shingles.

The question still remains, do those that have had the virus have an immunity and do not need eother of the vaccinations?

I haven't gotten a clear answer from my VA Dr yet.

I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have it, just want to know if it is really necessary.

I do get all the required and advised shots.  Just like our Dog.

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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2018, 11:47:58 AM »

I know I'm biased, but get the shot! The shingrix is killed and safe for transplanted patients. Its actually two shots.
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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2018, 03:39:09 PM »

Charlie, maybe you have Herpes (2) which is more localized, also makes blisters and is unpleasant.  But not nearly as unpleasant as Shingles.  I have Herpes 2 on my lower back.  I've had it for decades.  It "blossoms" when my immune system is low.  I don't like vaccinations and refuse some of them.  I didn't give them to my dog (s) either.  Instead, I did blood tests on my dogs that measure the titer of disease resistance.  Too many (annual) vaccinations weaken the dog's immune system.  I do give Rabies shots because they are mandated.
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2018, 08:46:27 PM »


Doc definitely told me it was shingles on my lower inside calf.

Herpes/cold sore I do get on my lip rarely.  No other form.

But you did cause me to chuckle.

I've never heard of herpes other than the cold sore type or the sexual type.  Never heard of it breaking out anywhere else.  Strange.

The cold sore blisters are clear filled blisters.  Those blisters on my calf were definitely filled with white, and a whole bunch of them localized, not at all like following along a nerve path.  Or maybe I am wired differently.
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« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2018, 02:33:52 PM »

What I get is Herpes 2 (AKA sexual herpes), but that form of Herpes can form anywhere below the belt and isn't always from sexual origins. Nasty stuff.
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2018, 06:05:02 PM »


So the Type 2 virus CAN invade most any skin exposed to live virus, relatively fresh from a host.  This makes sense.

I didn't know that, and doubt many people do.  This is not something normally taught in schools but maybe should be.
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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2018, 10:43:07 AM »

... as counting to 4 before tossing the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch.

Huh... Don't know what you meant by that but it sounds like quite the adventure.
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