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Old 01-29-2008, 05:18 AM   #1
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Should I get a shingles vaccine?

Was diagnosed with CIDP 12 years dold but downgraded to peripheral neuropathy. I do not take flu shots but am wondering if I can take the Zostavax shingles vaccine.
Am desperate for an answer. I did have chicken pox. My doctor is not giving them and not recommending them so does not reply to my query. Thanks!

 
Old 03-12-2008, 12:13 PM   #2
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Re: Should I get a shingles vaccine?

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 am 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.

 
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