Patient Comments: Shingles - Vaccine

What was your experience with getting the shingles vaccine?

Comment from: Shirley, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I received the vaccine a year ago, and at that time, I had no side effects. But now I have shingles anyway. It is definitely worth getting the vaccine if it will reduce the chances for shingles by even a small amount.

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Comment from: katmandu, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 28

It has been a nightmare trying to get the vaccine. If you are under age 60, you must have a prescription, pre-certified by the insurance company, and with no guarantees. I personally have had them (23) times in the past 10 years. I have also endured misdiagnosis – I have a staph infection in my sinuses and was treated for shingles. For your own sake, demand that your doctor take a culture before beginning treatment.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I received the shingles vaccine on Jan. 29, 2012, and was diagnosed with shingles on March 9, 2012. It was not severe, but still painful.

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Comment from: kiara, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

I got a huge tender red lump at the injection site on my arm; and I dealt with headaches off and on for a week.

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