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My brother in law has had shingles for the past few months.

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My brother in law has had shingles for the past few months. I am about to turn 60 and i am wondering if I should get vaccinated so I don't get them. I had a mild case chicken pox when I was about 6 years old.
I seldom get the flu and one year I got a flu vaccination and then got the flu.
I read that the Shingles vaccination only prevents the virus in about 55% of the people vaccinated. It seems that less than 50% of people ever get shingles anyway so is this worth doing? What are the side effects and what are the chances that the vaccination can bring on the disease?

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

Customer:

Hi

Customer:

are you there?

mysticdoc :

Shingles vaccination is recommended at 50 yrs of age or above

mysticdoc :

The protection is above 60% as you read

mysticdoc :

The risk of chicken pox is not there from the vaccine since it is inactivated virus.

Customer:

yes but what is the likelyhood of getting shingles?

mysticdoc :

You cannot get shingles from the vaccine.

mysticdoc :

shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chicken pox virus.

mysticdoc :

So shingles will not be transmitted if you are immune to that.

mysticdoc :

so you can get chicken pox but not shingles if not immune in other words.

mysticdoc :

The most common side effects of the vaccine are local reaction --pain swelling, redness.

mysticdoc :

So, the vaccine is worthwhile to take given very low risk of side effects.

Customer:

Is is necessary to get the vacination from my doctor or is Walmart doing them?

mysticdoc :

your doctor's office or walmart if they have nurse practitioner

Customer:

Ok thanks, XXXXX XXXXX it done.

mysticdoc :

very welcome

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