One of my blogging friends recently had a bad case of shingles and when he heard of the shingles vaccine he made sure his wife had it in order to spare her the same pain and discomfort. He told me:
If you had chicken pox and have not had shingles, I urge you to ask your doctor about the virus and the shingles vaccine. There is a vaccine for it and once you've had it you don't need to get it again. My wife got it almost immediately when we talked to the doctor and she realised what I was going through and would be going through for who knew how long. This is August 10th so I've had it a month. I expect it will continue for maybe another month. For some people it goes on forever.
Meanwhile I saw a full page announcement in Saga saying:
It is possible to prevent shingles. See your GP who can give you more information.
By this time I felt I should have some more reassurance before going ahead.For instance I am booked for a’flu jab in October and sure enough when I checked the info they advise at least a month between a ’flu jab and a shingles vaccine jab. So I have arranged with the pharmacist to put the whole thing on hold until after then
If any of you have had any relevant experience I shall be most grateful to hear it.
Judy (see my side bar) says:
I had shingles in the 80's and the shingles vaccine about 2 years ago - with no side-effects whatsoever. If you get shingles, you will be sorry that you didn't get the vaccine.