If you had chicken pox as a child, your doctor might recommend you get vaccinated for Shingles. This is especially true if you are over age 50. Yet you should be aware of the shingles vaccine side effects.
Zostavax is the name of the Shingles vaccine. It was originally approved on May 26, 2006, for the prevention of shingles. Zostavax is manufactured by Merck & Co., of New Jersey.
Approximately 200,000 people between ages 50-59 are affected by shingles each year in the U.S. The disease is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is a virus in the herpes family. It is the same virus that causes chickenpox. As a result, after the chickenpox, the virus lies dormant in certain nerves in the body. For unknown reasons, the virus can reappear later in life in the form of shingles. Yet, the reappearance is more common in people with a weak immune system.
According to the FDA, Zostavax vaccine reduced the risk of developing shingles by approximately 70 percent. Furthermore, it is also reported to reduce the severity of symptoms, and lower the pain which can sometimes be severe. Shingles is a rash of blisters, which develop in a band on one side of the body. Also, it can cause severe pain that may last for weeks after the episode.
Once the virus activates, Zostavax is not used for the treatment of shingles or the pain associated with it. For that, there are many natural remedies for shingles that can be effective in relieving and reducing symptoms.
The vaccine is somewhat expensive – typically between $150-200.
It is administered by a doctor as an injection under the skin of the upper arm.
Most Common Shingles Vaccine Side Effects
Despite the benefits of taking the vaccine for prevention, like any other pharmaceutical, it can cause side effects. Yet, they are generally mild, and the shingles vaccine side effects are low.
Joint and muscles pain
Itching-reaction at the injection site
In addition, there is a small chance of a severe allergic reaction to the shingles vaccine. Yet, the risk of having a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine is only around 1 in 900,000.
Keep Your Immune System Healthy
Finally, shingles is a virus that can strike when your immune system is not functioning well. Therefore, natural remedies for shingles can be effective and they can help to ease discomfort and speed your healing process. According to the National Institutes of Health, shingles virus rarely returns.
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