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Would you consider the shingles vaccine?

The FDA recently approved a [new] shingles vaccine. Would you consider being vaccinated for shingles?

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Merck Admits Shingles Vaccine Can Cause Eye Damage…and Shingles

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/merck-admits-shingles-vaccine-can-cause-eye-damage-...

 

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Merck Admits Shingles Vaccine Can Cause Eye Damage…and Shingles

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/merck-admits-shingles-vaccine-can-cause-eye-damage-...

 


That is about the OLD one, Zostavax.  

There is a new one called Shingrix and it is much, much better all the way around.

 

WebMD - New Shingles Vaccine

 

Of course, you or you and your doctor can make the decision.

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@GailL1wrote:

@NOTHAPPENINGwrote:

Merck Admits Shingles Vaccine Can Cause Eye Damage…and Shingles

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/merck-admits-shingles-vaccine-can-cause-eye-damage-...

 


That is about the OLD one, Zostavax.  

There is a new one called Shingrix and it is much, much better all the way around.

 

WebMD - New Shingles Vaccine

 

Of course, you or you and your doctor can make the decision.


Merck said the "old one" Zostavax was safe and many people caught Shingles from the (expensive) vaccine they pushed. Careful with the new one also, since Merck obviously doesn't care about the reactions. BTW, I am a Merck stockholder and I wrote them (then) CEO (Richard Clark) a letter about the reactions - no answer!

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@NOTHAPPENINGwrote:

@GailL1wrote:

@NOTHAPPENINGwrote:

Merck Admits Shingles Vaccine Can Cause Eye Damage…and Shingles

http://info.cmsri.org/the-driven-researcher-blog/merck-admits-shingles-vaccine-can-cause-eye-damage-...

 


That is about the OLD one, Zostavax.  

There is a new one called Shingrix and it is much, much better all the way around.

 

WebMD - New Shingles Vaccine

 

Of course, you or you and your doctor can make the decision.


Merck said the "old one" Zostavax was safe and many people caught Shingles from the (expensive) vaccine they pushed. Careful with the new one also, since Merck obviously doesn't care about the reactions. BTW, I am a Merck stockholder and I wrote them (then) CEO (Richard Clark) a letter about the reactions - no answer!


Yes, Zostavax was not completely effective but sometimes it was the result of how it was given.  Zostavax was a live vaccine and thus had to be stored at a specific temp in refrig. and then given when it reached a specific temp.  It was also suppose to be given sub-Q.  Many places did not give it correctly and of course, most patients didn't know the difference.

 

Shingrix, the new shingles vaccine, is not a live virus and has been shown to be much more effective.

 

Shringrix is not made by Merck, it is make by GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, a British pharmaceutical company.

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does Medicare cover this vaccine?
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Yes, father had shingles and I've had cp and measles. I currently have prugia nodularis, which is very painful (skin lesions). Would take but last time I looked, it was over $200.

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I have a compromised immune system and I am not able to take the previous shingles vaccine. Would I be able to take this new one?

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I have a compromised immune system and I am not able to take the previous shingles vaccine. Would I be able to take this new one?


The new one (Shingrix) is not a live vaccine like Zostavax (older one).  So maybe, talk to your doctor.

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No, had the old shot and had eye had problems, and my husband did too. Why would you give someone a vaccine knowing it could hurt their eyes? That is crazy. Dianna Blumrick 

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I have had the old shot and have had eye problems & so has my husband. If this the case, no I would not get the new shot. I think you are crazy to even suggest that we do. Dianna Blumrick 

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Shingle shots are not recommended for anyone who has had chemo or has an auto-immune disease.  I have had chemo plud an auto-immune disease.

I had the shingles in May 2002, was left with post ther-petic neuralgia. The pain 

has not lessened over the years. I do recommend the shot

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As a 68 yr old male, I definitly want a shingles vacsination.  I watch my mom go through her bout with shingles and I want no part of this virus.

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I had the vaccine Zoster some yrs ago. It was covered by medicare the. Is this "new" vaccine taken care of by Medicare????

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Yes, but the two injections are not covered by my Medicare part D plan. 

At Wal-Mart Pharmacy there is a waiting list and the cost for each shot is 

$162 which totals $324. Very expensive for a fixed income.

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Most definitely.  I was vaccinated several years ago but definitely want the new vaccine.  My mother and my son had shingles.  I will do everything I can to keep from getting it.

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I want to have the new shot.


@AARPLynne wrote:

The FDA recently approved a [new] shingles vaccine. Would you consider being vaccinated for shingles?yrs


 

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Yes. My husband and I are waiting for the vaccine to be available. He is 75 and I am 73. No way do we want shingles.

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No my doctor still says NO.

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Yes I would!

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Yes I would. Thank you.
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YES!!! I am so happy they lowered the age to 50, thank God! I am 53 and have several other chronic conditions so getting shingles on top of those would probably put me in my grave

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My son is only 42 and has been diaginoused with shingles.  He gets it at least once a year for the last 3 years with no relief.  They say once you have had it, that the vaccine is no good....besides the fact that he is so young.  Is there anything in the works or system that can help him?  He has two young children and, of course, is still working.  He gets so miserable!  The only things my He has found that gives him so relief is to ice it.  And he has to be home to do that and it doesn’t last long.  As a mom, I would do anything to try and help him.

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If a person has already had a case of shingles,  should they take the vaccine? 

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I currently have post herpetic neuralgia from shingles.  

Is this new vaccine made with a live virus?  That is the reason my doctor advised AGAINST the previous vaccine.

Is this new one made with LIVE VIRUS?

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I currently have post herpetic neuralgia from shingles.  

Is this new vaccine made with a live virus?  That is the reason my doctor advised AGAINST the previous vaccine.

Is this new one made with LIVE VIRUS?


No, it is NOT live - it is a non living viral particle.

There are (2) doses given a few weeks apart.

 

There are key differences between the way Shingrix and Zostavax are designed. The new shingles vaccine contains an adjuvant, a substance that boosts the immune system’s response. This may be what makes Shingrix both more effective and longer-lasting, says Schaffner at Vanderbilt.

 

Unlike Shingrix, Zostavax contains live—although weakened—herpes zoster virus, so those with significantly weakened immune systems should not receive it. But because the new shingles vaccine contains a nonliving viral particle, it may ultimately be deemed appropriate for those with compromised immunity.

 

Consumer Reports,11/01/2017'-'New Shingles Vaccine FAQ

 

This was just the 1st reference which I found - there are many more -'some scientific, others for the layperson.

 

Talk to your doc about this one -'since it is (2) doses, I have no idea of the price -

hopefully it will be listed on formularies for 2018.  

 

I will ill check my coverage when I get a minute ( maybe after Thanksgiving).  Seems they are preferencing Shingrix over Zostavax and are recommending people get the new one even if they have gotten the other one - maybe after 5-years or so when Zostavax seems to lose some of its power.

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@GailL1 wrote:

 Talk to your doc about this one -'since it is (2) doses, I have no idea of the price -

hopefully it will be listed on formularies for 2018.  

 

I will ill check my coverage when I get a minute ( maybe after Thanksgiving).  Seems they are preferencing Shingrix over Zostavax and are recommending people get the new one even if they have gotten the other one - maybe after 5-years or so when Zostavax seems to lose some of its power.


I recently inquired at two different part D prescription plan companies about the Shingrix vaccine and both said they were intending to take a longer look at the Shingrix vaccine study and I guess probably the associated price too before they decide whether or not they will add it to their formularies in 2018. It’s just too new of a vaccine because when I typed Shingrix into the formulary search neither company documented it, but the phone reps knew about it.

 

They had no problem with the Zostavax vaccine its available any time with a $46 copay.

 

The CDC or FDA has suggested as long as it’s been 8 weeks between the Zostavax and Shingrix vaccine it shouldn’t be a problem but to check with your own doctor about your immune system. It’s been reported that after 5 years the Zostavax vaccine is only 35 percent effective.

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