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There is a vaccine available, right?


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Yes.  According to the CDC:

General Questions about the Shingles Vaccine
Is there a vaccine to prevent shingles?

Yes. Zostavax, made by Merck, was licensed May 25, 2006 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in people 60 years old and older to prevent shingles. This is a one-time vaccination. Zostavax does not treat shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia (pain after the rash is gone) once it develops.

Can the shingles vaccine be given to people who have already had shingles?

Yes. People who have had shingles can receive the shingles vaccine to help prevent future occurrences of the disease.

Why is the shingles vaccine only recommended for people 60 years and older?

A person's risk for getting shingles begins to rise around age 50. However, shingles vaccine (Zostavax) is only recommended for persons age 60 and older because the safety and effects of the vaccine were only studied in this group, which accounts for about half of all cases of shingles occurring each year in the United States. Future research will determine if the recommended age for vaccination should be lowered.

(http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/shingles/vac-faqs.htm)

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There is a vaccine available, right?

Hannah, here in Australia,if you get to your physician within 72 hours they treat with a viral drug which is a seven day course.  If you leave untreated Im told its a very disabling disease due to ongoing pain.  trouble is, if you have never heard of shingles, its pretty difficult to know you've got them until it can be too late for the viral help.  I just knew I had something that needed medical attention so I headed for the doctor pronto.

Its part of the Herpes strain.  You can only get shingles if you've had chickenpox.  Evidently the virus lives in your spine forever (yuk).  You may never experience shingles but if you get very stressed and rundown and your immune system is compromised, then you run the risk of contracting them.  A very big incentive to take good care of your health!!!



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Hannah, not enough protection.  Read this para from the website about  Zostavax.

At the conclusion of the studies, researchers found that overall (in persons age 60 years and older) the vaccine reduced the occurrence of herpes zoster (shingles) by about 50%. The vaccine effect was highest at 64% in people between the ages 60-69, but its effectiveness declined with increasing age; to 41% for the 70-79 age group, and 18% for those 80 years of age and older.




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caro,
calamine lotion helped me most of all.
I decided not to get the shot, as i have only had it twice in 20yrs.
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I know how bad the pain can be (from my mother in law).

Re. herpes, our collagen lip serum should help with herpes labialis, because several of the actives have antiviral activity.
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Ive decided (and ordered) the anti inflammatory cream and restoration cream.  I discussed with my pharmacist (who know more about drugs than doctors) and he's comfortable with it.

As Jonatan has dispatched it should arrive sometime next week (hurrah). the pain in subsiding now anyway (thanks to the anti viral medication) so I think the anti inflammatory cream should keep me comfortable.  Restoration cream after that, but Im dying to try the restoration cream on my face anyway.  If its as wonderful as BKRW, I'll be thrilled.

thanks for everyone's input and sympathy, strangely its very comforting.....

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great news caro,
i will keep this in mind if i ever get them again..and here's praying we never get them again!
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Gosh I am excited to try my new creams now that I have seen this. I am in between Stage 1 and 2 but have been getting alot of blister type pimples around my mouth and nose which have been getting me down. Almost booked an appt with the derm again (last time he told me Laser is the way to go) but I am going to see what I can do with the anti-inflammatory and the rosacea serum first. I know that emu oil and BHA helped me way more than the prescriptive meds. Once stuff is under control I might consider the laser to deal with the capilleries. His worry was that I am only 28 and the capillery damage is already quite bad.

Did I tell you how glad I am to find this forum!!

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Thanks Emily. I called the derm but he is away until next Tuesday I am seeing another specialist tomorrow so I will ask him what he thinks. I have switched toothpastes and thought that was working but unfortunately not!

Sorry wasn't trying to get you guys to diagnose me-just venting

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