The Shingles vaccine is kind of like a more powerful Chicken Pox vaccine that they give to children and young adults. I got vaccinated at my last physical and noticed no side effects at all but some people get a little redness around the site of the injection - which is given in the back of the upper arm rather than where you would get a flu shot.
Better for you to get a "shot" then to get chickenpox.
No need for vaccine if you've had chickenpox before as vaccine won't protect you against Shingles
(You get chicken pox and some of the chicken pox stays in your nerves and later in life or when your immune system is down it "reactivates" as Shingles)
Actually, vanosterin, the vaccine does protect against shingles. The virus can only come out as shingles if your immunity is weak. Often it occurs after a period of stress or another illness, and most often it occurs in the elderly. The vaccine generates more antibodies to the virus, so you can hopefully hold off shingles even if your body is weak.
Yes, actually the vaccine is for those who have HAD chickenpox. The chickenpox virus stays dormant in the body and can be reactivated by stress, illness, age, etc. If you've never had chickenpox then you most probably won't get shingles, but you might get chickenpox
The most difficult part of obtaining the shingles vaccine is obtaining the medicine and then bringing it to your physicians office to have the injection. The nurse or doctor, whoever gives the injection will mix the medicine and then prepare the needle. The needle used is very fine, and the injection is given in the "fatty" part of the upper arm.
I am not one for injections, but this one didn't bother me a bit. The "pinch" wasn't even as bad as when they draw blood.
Only a small red area showed for a day or two at the injection site, no itch or pain.
I was advised by numerous physicians that anyone who has had chickenpox as children or who have had a case of shingles should have the vaccination.