Merck's shingles vaccine, Zostavax, recommended for adults 60 and over, CDC says

May 16, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Canadian Business Magazine

Merck & Co. said Thursday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that adults 60 and over be given the company's shingles vaccine Zostavax. via Canadian Business Magazine

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Nicole

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Jun 6, 2008
 
Anybody who is interested in receiving the Zostavax vaccine (for shingles) within the tri-state area should go to www.esimedical.com - they have the vaccine and are the cheapest place I have found that provides it. They are based in New Jersey but are now expanding to New York
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I would like to point out, that Zostavax can cause shingles. I was a healthy 64 year old male who received the Zostavax vaccine on 2/5/08. Ten days later, my doctor diagnosed me with "classic shingles". He put me on Valtrex for 7 days and I was still (1 month later) suffering with red spots on my (right) chest, pain in my right arm and shoulder, and severe itching. I notified Merck and my doctor also did! I read Merck's "double blind" studies, and nowhere does it simply say: this vaccine can cause you to contract shingles. I have all the documentation as well as pictures. Please caution anyone who wants to gamble with their health. I firmly believe that this vaccine will be removed from the market!
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Dave wrote:
I would like to point out, that Zostavax can cause shingles. I was a healthy 64 year old male who received the Zostavax vaccine on 2/5/08. Ten days later, my doctor diagnosed me with "classic shingles". He put me on Valtrex for 7 days and I was still (1 month later) suffering with red spots on my (right) chest, pain in my right arm and shoulder, and severe itching. I notified Merck and my doctor also did! I read Merck's "double blind" studies, and nowhere does it simply say: this vaccine can cause you to contract shingles. I have all the documentation as well as pictures. Please caution anyone who wants to gamble with their health. I firmly believe that this vaccine will be removed from the market!
I worry about ANY vaccine approved by the FDA. All drugs are TOXIC and I am a firm believer in holistic medicine. I don't want to put any CRAP into my blood stream that can make some CORPORATION a lot of money at MY expense. I've never been sick, never had a cold or the flu. I'm 68 and the only thing wrong with me is that I have high blood pressure for which I do take a pill. Other than that, I don't take ANYthing else. I've educated myself on the DANGERS of all these TOXIC drugs that make millions for drug manufacturers and put lots of commissions in the Doctors' pockets for recommending....remember, folks...THE DRUG BUSINESS IS a BUSINESS that must make profits for it's shareholders...at YOUR expense. No thank you!
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I would be interested to know if anybody else has actually gotten shingles from this zostavax vaccine...I was contemplating getting a shot, but..........
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Jul 15, 2009
 
I appreciate your comments, everyone. I was considering this vaccination even though I dont' believe in pharmaceuticals or trust them whatsoever. I think I'll just hold off on this one. I was only interested because I had such a severe case of chicken pox as a kid...back in the day when kids still got chicken pox, mumps, measles, etc.
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Jul 25, 2009
 
I'm sure Dave was miserable with his experience with Shingles, but he shouldn't conclude that the vaccine caused the Shingles. I was told that in the huge double-blind trial, the virus in the vaccine was specially labeled. When patients broke out with shingles after receiving the vaccine, the virus was isolated and in every single case, it was the virus they had in their systems from chicken pox as a child rather than the virus they had been given in the vaccine. Many "healthy" 64 y/o will get Shingles for no good reason other than their age. Dave may have had his outbreak whether he received the vaccine or not. In fact, if he received earlier, he might have avoided getting Shingles altogether.
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Kathie wrote:
I'm sure Dave was miserable with his experience with Shingles, but he shouldn't conclude that the vaccine caused the Shingles. I was told that in the huge double-blind trial, the virus in the vaccine was specially labeled. When patients broke out with shingles after receiving the vaccine, the virus was isolated and in every single case, it was the virus they had in their systems from chicken pox as a child rather than the virus they had been given in the vaccine. Many "healthy" 64 y/o will get Shingles for no good reason other than their age. Dave may have had his outbreak whether he received the vaccine or not. In fact, if he received earlier, he might have avoided getting Shingles altogether.
Don't you think it's an amazing coincedence that I got (contracted) shingle EXACTLY 10 days after the shot. Even my doctor says he's SURE I wouldn't have gotten this problem without Merck's phoney vaccine. No one in my family EVER had shingles! I will repeat: do NOT risk your health and get this vaccine. This LIVE virus can make you very ill! It's very easy for someone who didn't get burned by this vaccine to be a naysayer. DON"T TAKE A CHANCE. You have a good chance of NEVER getting Shingles if you DON'T get ZOSTAVAX!!!!!
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just the point...when kids got chicken pox..thanks to vaccines they no longer get chicken pox, polio and many more...
Becky wrote:
I appreciate your comments, everyone. I was considering this vaccination even though I dont' believe in pharmaceuticals or trust them whatsoever. I think I'll just hold off on this one. I was only interested because I had such a severe case of chicken pox as a kid...back in the day when kids still got chicken pox, mumps, measles, etc.
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just the point,,kids no longer get chicken pox, polio and many more
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OK Dave, we hear you! But you are only one in how many?? Some of us HAVE had shingles, and no one in my family has it either (like yours). But who are you to scare off those who need some sense of relief or power over this tomenting problem, you of all people should understand that, you've now HAD IT! Even your doctor can't verify why you got it!!! If someone hasn't had it, then they don't need the vaccine!!! it's that simple. If they have it in their symstem already, they need some hope!
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Dave et al, Zostavax is an attenuated vaccine. It does not cause shingles. Your outbreak was likely going to occur anyways. Perhaps the vaccine reduced the duration and severity of your outbreak. Life expectancy has increased over the decades; vaccines is one reason.
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Chris pharmacist ontario wrote:
Dave et al, Zostavax is an attenuated vaccine. It does not cause shingles. Your outbreak was likely going to occur anyways. Perhaps the vaccine reduced the duration and severity of your outbreak. Life expectancy has increased over the decades; vaccines is one reason.
Once upon a time I believe the objective was to help people with the vaccines for polio etc. Now it is all about the almighty dollar. Wow H1N1 was gonna do us all in this winter wasn't it.
At $25 a pop, it isn't hard to figure out who they were really concerned with.
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i agree
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Chris pharmacist ontario wrote:
Dave et al, Zostavax is an attenuated vaccine. It does not cause shingles. Your outbreak was likely going to occur anyways. Perhaps the vaccine reduced the duration and severity of your outbreak. Life expectancy has increased over the decades; vaccines is one reason.
You are obviously just a little soldier of the pharmaceutical companies. After all you have to be if you are to sleep at night given your profession. Even with evidence right in front of your face like in this case you still refuse to admit the fact.
The pharmaceutical company argument is ridiculous: If you don't take it you may or may not get ill; If you take it you may or may not get ill but the chances are better. And nobody can prove anything. Since the pharmaceutical company is assumed innocent, full of good intentions and honorable while the patient is assumed an idiot the company is always right. Besides these companies put so much money in lobbying etc that how can they go wrong?
And like somebody said above, what about this H1N1? The pharmaceutical companies and WHO are scare mongering associations fueled by their greed.
It is absolutely revolting!
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skeptic not wrote:
just the point...when kids got chicken pox..thanks to vaccines they no longer get chicken pox, polio and many more...<quoted text>
WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT THIS POST is: When we had chicken pox, measles and mumps growing up they thought not muchh of it except get through it w/out othere complications and then your body would be immune to them forever. THE LASTEST WORD ON SHINGLES VACCINE IS: If you take the vaccine over 60s it will not be a "live" virus in your system but the immune building components to help your system build an immunity to these viruses.
Well now, I don't believe in "popping pills" for what ails you so I held out on taking the vaccine. I was already itching a lot but it was in spots on my legs mostly, big round red spots, which was diagnosed as GA, granuloma annulare, supposedly will go away on its own after 2 years or so. No known "cure." Well, I had very low doses of some kind of cortizon shots at the dermotologist's office because my psych was freakin' out with the big red spots. The shots would arrest the big red spots and pigment would come back in about 9 months. But then I can just feel the buggers, the itching remains.
So then, my Dr. kept pestering me about the shingles vaccine and I took it (and, health insurance eventually paid the $275, plus, a big charge too from the doctor's office to give it to me.) Anyway, I'm on the internet today looking up shingles because I've got another outbreak of something that is miserably itching to a point the pain is bothersome and everything appears to be just like the breakout on my inner left thigh a few weeks ago, which lasted a frightening 6 days. I applied Clobetasol.05% with new Q-tips and like magic the third application was the charge but I put a fourth application on the 3RD day and it was like I never had a spot there. Well, I'm up to application 6 on my upper inner left arm and the little buggers seem to have gotten mad about my fighting them but every so often all the pain goes away as if something is happening. BE REMINDED THAT THESE BREAKOUTS, IF NOT SERIOUS, ARE SUPPOSE TO END IN UNDER 10 DAYS. So, if it ends today or tommorrow then it is probably shingles from the vaccine I took or a mix of the two but I itch all over. I can feel something going on and it has reached my scalp. I think stress is a definite factor and diet. I intend to take some measures to improve things like diet and exercise and some supplements to see what happens.
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Margaret O wrote:
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WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT THIS POST is: When we had chicken pox, measles and mumps growing up they thought not muchh of it except get through it w/out othere complications and then your body would be immune to them forever. THE LASTEST WORD ON SHINGLES VACCINE IS: If you take the vaccine over 60s it will not be a "live" virus in your system but the immune building components to help your system build an immunity to these viruses.
Well now, I don't believe in "popping pills" for what ails you so I held out on taking the vaccine. I was already itching a lot but it was in spots on my legs mostly, big round red spots, which was diagnosed as GA, granuloma annulare, supposedly will go away on its own after 2 years or so. No known "cure." Well, I had very low doses of some kind of cortizon shots at the dermotologist's office because my psych was freakin' out with the big red spots. The shots would arrest the big red spots and pigment would come back in about 9 months. But then I can just feel the buggers, the itching remains.
So then, my Dr. kept pestering me about the shingles vaccine and I took it (and, health insurance eventually paid the $275, plus, a big charge too from the doctor's office to give it to me.) Anyway, I'm on the internet today looking up shingles because I've got another outbreak of something that is miserably itching to a point the pain is bothersome and everything appears to be just like the breakout on my inner left thigh a few weeks ago, which lasted a frightening 6 days. I applied Clobetasol.05% with new Q-tips and like magic the third application was the charge but I put a fourth application on the 3RD day and it was like I never had a spot there. Well, I'm up to application 6 on my upper inner left arm and the little buggers seem to have gotten mad about my fighting them but every so often all the pain goes away as if something is happening. BE REMINDED THAT THESE BREAKOUTS, IF NOT SERIOUS, ARE SUPPOSE TO END IN UNDER 10 DAYS. So, if it ends today or tommorrow then it is probably shingles from the vaccine I took or a mix of the two but I itch all over. I can feel something going on and it has reached my scalp. I think stress is a definite factor and diet. I intend to take some measures to improve things like diet and exercise and some supplements to see what happens.
GOOD LUCK ALL.
IT IS NOT ACCURATE TO SAY THAT IT IS NOT A LIVE VIRUS...IT IS A DILUTE VERSION OF THE LIVE VIRUS...CHECK THE MERCK DESCRIPTION,,ADDITIONALLY IT IS ONLY GOOD(ACCORDING TO CLINICAL(HA) TRIALS FOR 6 YRS AND EFFECTIVENESS IS DECREASED WITH AGE SO THAT 51%EFFECTIVENESS AT AGE 60 BECOMES 41% EFFECTIVE AT AGE 70 AND 18% EFFECTIVE AT AGE 80...JUST LOOKED UP THE FACTS FROM THE MANUFACTURER THEMSELVES WHICH I WOULD CONSIDER TO BE MORE TO THE POSITIVE SIDE THAN NEGATIVE..I WORKED FOR A MAJOR PHARMA COMPANY FOR 36 YRS AND KNOW HOW CLINICAL TRIALS ARE RUN AND REPORTED..DOCTORS USUALLY KNOW VERY LITTLE FIRST HAND INFO ON THE DRUGS THEY PRESCRIBE
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Sep 28, 2010
 
I am a female and had the Zostavax vaccine in Oct. 09. I knew I had some herpes virus in my system because of the frequent cold sores and canker sores. I also had some sort of large ulcer on my lower gum in my mouth that doctors thought might be viral, all at the time of the injection, but did not think they would be affected. I thought since shingles and herpes and ulcers were all viral triggered - the vaccine might actually help me. I had severe groin pain starting around Dec. 1 and almost disabling me until late January - which I think might have been vaccine induced. Then in March I started getting large sores along my trigeminal nerves across the back of my neck. THe sores are definitely viral, burn, sting, itch and pain to nerve level and non healing. Some smaller sores have healed but I still have 2 large lesions that will not heal - since they have intensely painful nerve pain, I'm concerned they may be vaccine induced lesions also. Anyone else with similar painful lesions on body - they drain and crust yellow - even can't stand hair strands to touch them. Dr. to do biopsy next week, checking for autoimmune disease in lab work now.
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Feb 2, 2011
 
Dave wrote:
I would like to point out, that Zostavax can cause shingles. I was a healthy 64 year old male who received the Zostavax vaccine on 2/5/08. Ten days later, my doctor diagnosed me with "classic shingles". He put me on Valtrex for 7 days and I was still (1 month later) suffering with red spots on my (right) chest, pain in my right arm and shoulder, and severe itching. I notified Merck and my doctor also did! I read Merck's "double blind" studies, and nowhere does it simply say: this vaccine can cause you to contract shingles. I have all the documentation as well as pictures. Please caution anyone who wants to gamble with their health. I firmly believe that this vaccine will be removed from the market!


Two days after receiving Zostavax I began getting painful sores on my tongue. 3 months later they are still painful. I have no other history of cold or canker sores on my tongue or inside my mouth.
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Mar 23, 2011
 
I feel bad for the posters who have had Shingles outbreaks "triggered" by Zostavax. I use the word triggered, because many don't believe that the vaccine CAN cause Shingles. Whatever word you like, I can assure you that if you NEVER take the vaccine, you may never get Shingles. I can also assure you that I did get Shingles 10 days after receiving the shot. You are free to decide for yourself, but I would NEVER againn take this vaccine.
It is now 3 years since I had the shot. I no longer have pain or blisters, but periodically still have relatively mild itching on my right upper back.
Today I received an email from a gentleman who read about my probblem with this shot. He told me that his wife is in terrible pain 2 weeks after receiving the shot and wanted me to tell him how long she would be "disabled". I'm not going into details here, but I wrote back with my experiences.
Please be careful and DO NOT risk your health taking this shot.

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