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At the age of 73 I was diagnosed with Herpes Zoster (shingles) on abdomen. Lasted for about a month. Was given a prescription of Valtrex. I was diagnosed within the 73 hour limit, therefore, the blisters did not last too long. Now, I am wondering if it is ok to get the new vaccine for shingles even though I had an outbreak shingles. Would I be a good candidate for the vaccine??? What are my chances of contacting shingles again with or without the new vaccine. Am wondering about this as I don't think I can handle another outbreak of shingles (the pain etc). I thank you in advance for a reply.
Thanks for the reply. Wow, now I'm really in a quandary about this. While waiting for a reply, I was told by my MD that I should get the vaccine even though I already had an outbreak of herpes zoster. Guess I'll just have to take my chances and wait.
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/shingles/vac-faqs.htm they've evidently updated the recommendations on the shingles vaccine and according to the CDC fact sheet now it is recommended that you get the vaccine. Not sure what the rationalization is behind the new recommendations to be honest.
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