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

May 16, 2008 Full story: Canadian Business Magazine 75

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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Mary

Nashville, TN

#43 Nov 24, 2012
I had the shingles vaccine in 2009. I had my first outbreak many years before,but was suffering again with symptoms.My doctor recommended the vaccine.Within 2 weeks,I had a reaction .From my neck to my toes on BOTH sides I broke out in blisters.I have never been in so much pain in my life.
I still have symptoms and pain,though no break outs.I would NEVER have had this vaccine if I had known of these rare side effects.
Michael Fitzgerald

Milwaukee, WI

#44 Nov 25, 2012
I am experiencing mild shingles on my lower leg one month after being vaccinated with Zostavax. I'm 62 years old. This could be just a coincidence but perhaps the vaccine has stirred up the original virus which had been dormant for many years. I've got a very bad feeling about this.
Steve in Texas

North Richland Hills, TX

#45 Dec 24, 2012
63 YO who was trying to be proactive about immunizations. Got the shingles vaccine and have had serious aches and pains in my arm since not to mention the splitting headache that I cannot get rid of. The point of injection will not heal. It has a scab on it six weeks later. I for one regret the decision.
Kelly Ryan

Huntington Beach, CA

#46 Dec 26, 2012
Had a major surgery in November, got diagnosed with moderate shingles two weeks after. Trying to heal from surgery and then had to suffer with shingles. This is week four and the scabs are almost gone but the shooting pain remains. I just turned 60 and was going to get the vaccine this year, wish I had. This is a terrible disease, I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I encouraged my brother to get the vaccine and he did. I do think the vaccine will help but there is a chance maybe of a mild case. I had the Shingle bells for the Holidays.
Steven

Boca Raton, FL

#47 Jan 22, 2013
Ditto to most of the other posts. I received the Shingles 12/26. By 1/10 I had a skin eruptions + rash on both arms and upper legs, later mild to severe head ache developed. I asked the pharmacy for the lot # of the vaccine and whether any other reactions were reported. They responded "yes". Out of 100 vaccinations approximately 2 patents came down with shingles, which they say is a reported and disclosed possibility with the vaccine, and that I signed an agreement acknowledging it.
PS I went to a DERM who said the rash was not singles but couldn''t ID the cause. He said it looked like contact dermatitis.(e.g. caused by something applied to the skin rather than from something within, like a virus.) I'm off to my allergist next. Lot of inept doctors out there. subsequent to the rash I've had a headache and a dull nauseous feeling for the past several days.
The rash is slowly subsiding with cortisone crean 2x daily, the head ache with 2x Advils daily and the nausea with 2x malox daily......it's a long recovery from a lousy vaccine.
Steve in Texas

North Richland Hills, TX

#48 Jan 22, 2013
Steven wrote:
Ditto to most of the other posts. I received the Shingles 12/26. By 1/10 I had a skin eruptions + rash on both arms and upper legs, later mild to severe head ache developed. I asked the pharmacy for the lot # of the vaccine and whether any other reactions were reported. They responded "yes". Out of 100 vaccinations approximately 2 patents came down with shingles, which they say is a reported and disclosed possibility with the vaccine, and that I signed an agreement acknowledging it.
PS I went to a DERM who said the rash was not singles but couldn''t ID the cause. He said it looked like contact dermatitis.(e.g. caused by something applied to the skin rather than from something within, like a virus.) I'm off to my allergist next. Lot of inept doctors out there. subsequent to the rash I've had a headache and a dull nauseous feeling for the past several days.
The rash is slowly subsiding with cortisone crean 2x daily, the head ache with 2x Advils daily and the nausea with 2x malox daily......it's a long recovery from a lousy vaccine.
I took a regimen of Amoxicillin for an unrelated problem, and my headaches went away as did the lingering scab at the point of injection. That would indicate a bacterial infection of some sort. Do we really want to know what they give us?
Tom

Hays, NC

#49 Jan 23, 2013
I am a physician, 52 years old, in very good health, runner. My wife took the vaccine 2 weeks ago (i did not) but I came down with shingles just now. Coincidence ? Perhaps. Although I am wondering about it since our understanding of shingles is tentative at best and since this shingles vaccine contains live viruses (albeit attenuated). I can't shake the feeling that there is something "up" here. Best wishes to all affected posters !
Marquita

Muskegon, MI

#50 Jan 26, 2013
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>
There is also a much higher incidence of autism in children, and that has been linked to vaccines.... hmmm... chicken pox or autism...? I know what I'm choosing for my children
Tim

Delaware, OH

#51 Jan 26, 2013
I to received the vaccine after having a few prior breakouts I thought it was a good idea as I get older I am 52, I now have breakouts nearly every month and bone pain all which started within a week of the vaccine. the bone pain causes periods where walking which is very important in my profession is nearly impossible but I press on because I refuse to give in to this vaccine. I do fear now what I have done to myself by making choice to get the vaccine and wish I had not.
Margery

Nashua, NH

#52 Jan 30, 2013
I am 80 yrs old and thinking of getting the shot for shingles. As a child and adult, I have suffered in the past with a form of herpes with cold sores on the lips, quite badly when a teen.

I have had chicken pox as a child. I have had a neighbor who had the shingles for almost a year and suffered terribly. I have another friend who has had them but not for a long period and she was incapacitated for a period from the pain.

After reading these comments, I am still afraid about getting shingles, but considering I've recently developed neuropathy in my left foot which is painful enough, I think one difficulty at a time is sufficient and will not be getting the vaccine at this time. Thank you for your comments as it helped me make the decision.
Hope

Delafield, WI

#53 Feb 12, 2013
I got the vaccine 1 week ago.
this morning I noticed at the injection spot it itched, then this evening the spot felt hot and itchy, I inspected and was surprised to see it welt up, red and the spot is a perfect sq. little over and inch wide. I also have the chills, shaky, weak, and most disturbing, I feel tightness in my chest! Thoughts?
ME TOO

Rockford, IL

#54 Feb 19, 2013
I recived the shingles vaccine on Jan. 8, 2013. On Jan. 13 my upper back became red. It burned and was extremely itchy. Red blotches continued to appear on arms, lower back, ankles and torso.
Finally on Feb 15 the outbreaks stopped. I still itch a litte but without a rash. Dr. called it a "viral rash".
Judi

Berkeley, CA

#55 Feb 19, 2013
ken wrote:
I would be interested to know if anybody else has actually gotten shingles from this zostavax vaccine...I was contemplating getting a shot, but..........
I WOULD ADVISE YOU NOT TO GET THE SHOT!!! I got it 4 weeks ago, broke out with a rash which spread all over my body, and despite trying everything I could learn about, it is still running rampant on my skin (chest, shoulder blades, lower back and scalp. The itching is incredible and I have trouble getting any sleep! I didn't know, when I got it, that this vaccine is a LIVE VACCINE. It will live in the body for life. Don't risk it! Most cases of shingles I have heard about are LESS SEVERE than what I have suffered from the shot!
Judi

Berkeley, CA

#56 Feb 19, 2013
Dave wrote:
<quoted text> 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!!!!!
DAVE! I had the exact same experience. I was very healthy, decided (against the advice of my holistic health care professional) to get the shot. A rash started a week after the shot and has spread over most of my body. It's hard to get any sleep. My advice: DO NOT GET THAT SHOT! There are way too many testimonials from people who had very severe complications, IMMEDIATELY AFTER GETTING THE SHOT.It should be taken off the market!
Judi

Berkeley, CA

#57 Feb 19, 2013
Tim wrote:
I to received the vaccine after having a few prior breakouts I thought it was a good idea as I get older I am 52, I now have breakouts nearly every month and bone pain all which started within a week of the vaccine. the bone pain causes periods where walking which is very important in my profession is nearly impossible but I press on because I refuse to give in to this vaccine. I do fear now what I have done to myself by making choice to get the vaccine and wish I had not.
I also have had a terrible reaction, following getting the shingles shot. My advice: DON'T GET IT!!! Within a week, I broke out in horribly itchy rash in my scalp which now has spread all over my body, making sleep almost impossible. That shoe is dangerous. There are entirely too many posts by people who have had serious adverse reactions to it. The danger of that shot is REAL!
Cynthia

Orange, CA

#58 Apr 19, 2013
I went out on the patio to talk to a neighbor was in the sun about 10 minutes. About a half hour after coming inside I started scratching my arms to death. I thought good grief I have never had a problem with the sun. I started evaluating what medication I was taking that could cause this and none of it was the fault, then I remembered I had the shingles shot. So I went looking on the web and found this site of which I wish I had found prior to having the shot. It subsides when I stay out of the sun but five minutes in the car and sun and I am back to scratching my arms to death again. Now I have to find out how to get relief.
Fuquay NC

Fuquay Varina, NC

#59 Jun 19, 2013
Yes, I too have had an adverse reaction skin reaction after receiving the "pro-active" shingles vaccine in June 2012. Merck was notified, but they have not contacted me personally. My first severe skin rash occurred 21 days after receiving vaccine. It started bilaterally on my legs. I was treated for poison oak/ivy exposure. The horrible rash continued to spread & I was finally prescribed prednisone which cleared it up. Sept. 2012 my whole body broke out - my body was "on fire" like an army of fire ants; was prescribed acyclovir and another does of prednisone. First weekend in Nov. 2012 my skin scenario repeated itself. At Urgent Care " a simple case of poison ivy" Ok I am not an idiot. My GP prescribed another round of "the cure" the following Mon. and recommended I contact a dermatologist. As a new Medicare patient have you ever tried to get in quickly? Feb. 2013 episode. End of May 2013 still not specialist appt.( my first appt. was booked for July 14th) but another episode. Acyclovir cycle completed... I am still on fire. Finally met the new dermatologist ( walk in basis) yesterday 6/18/13 " I never heard of anyone getting a reaction from a shingles vaccine. Looks like a clear case of scabies to me"; No attention was paid to my out-brakes on my face,ear,eyelids let alone itchy eyes.Meds prescribed, but no culture from open sore, but biopsy taken from a totally different.No special precautions given which usually follow scabies diagnosis. I am in the healthcare field. Right... I know where I have been and whom and what I have been exposed to. No strange bed fellows let alone a bed fellow Also know who I have been in contact with. None of these people have/had scabies nor people I have been in very close contact with have "caught" scabies from me. I am not an idiot. But I am absolutely humiliated, frustrated and furious.
Jan Prescott AZ

Scottsdale, AZ

#60 Jul 25, 2013
I had a Shingles vaccine on March 30/13 and contracted chicken pox. It's been 3 mos. and all kinds of drugs for the pain and itching. It's still in my system and I still keep breaking out in blisters.
It should be unlawful for this drug Co.not to add that one of the side effects is that you could contract chicken pox or Shingles.If I would have known there was even the slightest chance of getting the virus I would have taken my chances and not have had it.
But then you know the almighty $$$$ mean more than prevention.
tdottie66

AOL

#61 Sep 13, 2013
Michael Fitzgerald wrote:
I am experiencing mild shingles on my lower leg one month after being vaccinated with Zostavax. I'm 62 years old. This could be just a coincidence but perhaps the vaccine has stirred up the original virus which had been dormant for many years. I've got a very bad feeling about this.
I also had the shingles shot and have the break out on my lower legs. The pain,itch and weeping of the area is disgusting. As reported in other blogs they claim its a bacterial...well yea, the bloody vaccine is a bacteria. All I know is I will never fall for the guff again...rather take my chances.
tdottie66

AOL

#62 Sep 13, 2013
I received the Zoster short or as everyone is being told the preventive Vaccination agaist Shingles. I have never been in such pain,itch,puse fiiled bloches in my life. Both my lower legs are involved, causing at times pain so bad I could not report to work. Right now I'm taking high doeses of Meds. prescribed by another Doctor, who himself was so a miffed, he actually brought in another Dr. to confer on what meds and what dosage to use. Great feeling. They are thinking its a Bacterial breakout as a precaution, but from reviewing other posting's I feel there are cover ups by these Companies...what else is new. I hope everyone is soon pass this crisis....

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