I would recommend the shingles vaccine. I have some pretty good scars from my incident. What's strange is that I had the exact same path as two of my older cousins. Mine (and theirs) started just above my left eye, across my forehead and up onto my scalp. God-awful pain...combine that with a new job at the time and I was totally miserable. Not only was I in pain, I was realizing the new job I agreed to was in no way accurately represented during my interview. One of the worst months of my life...I also believe I have slight damage to my left eye as a result of the shingles. At times it effects my shooting (both eyes open). Wind is a nightmare and I almost end up shooting one eyed as my eye will tear and water for a little bit then feels like it's got something in it. Very distracting!
The last thing we need is another excuse to miss targets so "get this one done"!
We have an old friend that got the shingles and it is in his eye lid, they told him it will probably never go away, it has been there for about 5 years so i got my shot ASAP, he was always after me to get it
I had the shingles and wish that on no one. By all means get the shot. I am surprised that it is recommended to get the shot even if you have had shingles. I was told by a doctor that it wasn't necessary if you have had the shingles.
If you get a scaly rash with a little nerve pain, GO TO THE DOCTOR immediately. I have a suppressed immune system so I am especially watchful for potential illnesses. When I found a small scaly patch on my back I went to urgent care, was diagnosed with shingles and they gave me a prescription for an anti viral medication. The pain and the rash were gone in two days. I watched two shooting buddies suffer for 5-6 weeks with shingles and never want to suffer through that. I am not eligible for the vaccine because it is a live vaccine. If you even suspect that you might have shingles, see a doctor to save yourself a LOT of pain.
No to shingles, but you can still get chickenpox if you haven't had a chickenpox vaccine.
People 13 years of age and older (who have never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine) should get two doses at least 28 days apart.
Chickenpox (also called varicella) is a common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but it can be serious, especially in young infants and adults.
It causes a rash, itching, fever, and tiredness.
It can lead to severe skin infection, scars, pneumonia, brain damage, or death.
The chickenpox virus can be spread from person to person through the air, or by contact with fluid from chickenpox blisters.
A person who has had chickenpox can get a painful rash called shingles years later.
Before the vaccine, about 11,000 people were hospitalized for chickenpox each year in the United States.
Before the vaccine, about 100 people died each year as a result of chickenpox in the United States.
Chickenpox vaccine can prevent chickenpox.
Most people who get chickenpox vaccine will not get chickenpox. But if someone who has been vaccinated does get chickenpox, it is usually very mild. They will have fewer blisters, are less likely to have a fever, and will recover faster.
the effectiveness of the first varicella vaccine is about 85%. getting a second dose brings that up into the high 90%. but you can still get chicken pox. always best to get chicken pox naturally as child.
I just heard from a pharmaceutical researcher that a more effective vaccine should be available within a year. I asked if she would recommend waiting for that vaccine and she recommended getting the current vaccine and getting the future vaccine if and when it is approved. Hope his helps.