For the patients who don’t get chemo, wouldn’t the vaccine be a good idea anyway? Herpes simplex type 2 virus is responsible for genital herpes infections where small blisters occur sporadically around the genital organs. Thanks so much! I hope you get some relief soon. Take care! Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash. A similar link has been noted for respiratory diseases and other infections.

Four months on, hoping a couple more will enable me to shed the hats. The mechanism for increased risk for stroke in the 3 months after shingles diagnosis “is most likely due to productive [varicella zoster virus] infection in intracerebral arteries after transaxonal spread of virus on reactivation from cranial nerve ganglia,” the authors write. Yawn looked into the virus’s ties to heart attack, but didn’t find a significant increase in risk. I never figured I would get it again! We explored the pattern of rates for sex, age-group co-morbidity and year effects and their interactions. Conclusions Although shingles is a common disease state affecting patients in the fifth and sixth decades of life, it is rarely seen in the setting of cervical nerve root decompression. The biggest increase — amounting to more than a two-fold rise in risk — occurred during the first week.

Treatment with oral antiviral medication significantly reduced this risk, the results showed. Zostavax efficacy declines with age, dropping to only about 18 percent in adults over 79 versus 70 percent for people in their 50s. Shingrix is a non-live, adjuvanted, subunit (HZ/su) candidate vaccine indicated to help in avoiding herpes zoster and its complications. Is it like ” i had flu after the flu vaccine ” i know the vaccines are different, just a thought. In the new study, the researchers report on a managed-switching program funded through a gainsharing agreement between the University Hospital Southampton (UHS), the NHS Foundation Trust and local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Up to one-third will develop the illness at some point in their lives. I have Recurrent Herpes Zoster-Shingles every three to five weeks for the past twenty years in my right ear and twice in my right eye.

The findings supported the call for the introduction of a herpes zoster vaccination program, with the authors concluding such a program could be “beneficial, depending on the age of vaccine administration, the effectiveness of the vaccine and the duration of protection”. Adults aged 50 and older are especially at risk for shingles, as the risk increases with age due to naturally declining immune systems. Anthony Cunningham of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research in Australia, said in a telephone interview. Also included were 24,237 shingles patients who experienced MI in the same time frame. The latest four-year data on Shingrix, which appears in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows it may also provide an additional significant advantage by maintaining its effectiveness over time. Althea, yes, I’m on Valtrex. Any injection can potentially stimulate an outbreak of shingles in the area of injection, as shingles can be stimulated by any kind of trauma.

NCIV analysis indicates that there were more than 1,100 serious adverse events reports made to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System from 1990 until September 2015 related to shingles-containing vaccinations. By submitting your comment, you hereby give CNN the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying and other information you provide via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity. Shingles occurs when the virus becomes active again. As a primary care physician, I would have treated them for the likely diagnosis and done diagnostic tests—especially a series of diagnostic tests—only if they didn’t respond as expected. In this study, the objective is to learn more about the safety and effectiveness of the investigational ointment when it is applied to the area affected by PHN. You should, as it stops the virus from replicating, decreases the severity of the symptoms, and the length of the episode. If there are still cancer cells in my body, they are probably running rampart due to the low immune system.

Obstet Gynecol. Within a year after their first ambulatory care visit for shingles, 133 patients (1.71%) in the study cohort developed first-time strokes. While not a life-threatening condition, shingles can be very painful. The skin rash disappeared quickly, but extremely annoying pain continues every day. Come learn how to manage this pain at this free seminar. (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline’s experimental vaccine to prevent the intensely painful condition known as shingles remained 90 percent effective in people over age 70 even four years after receiving the injection, according to data published on Wednesday. ST.

Patients wanting to be immunised against shingles will have to wait until next month because New Zealand’s 2014 stock has run out.