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asscherisme

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Thanks Deb. The arm soreness lasted a few days. I actually developed a raised welt about the size of a small plum! But it only lasted a few days. It has been a week, it is like I never had the shot, except I am now protected and that gives me peace of mind.

I will definitely go back in 2 months for the second vaccine. I am glad I found this thread, it was super helpful to me. So, hopefully my experience will help others have the courage to get vaccinated as well!

Missy, roar, meow, all the same when you are stronger :)
 

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Thanks Deb. The arm soreness lasted a few days. I actually developed a raised welt about the size of a small plum! But it only lasted a few days. It has been a week, it is like I never had the shot, except I am now protected and that gives me peace of mind.

I will definitely go back in 2 months for the second vaccine. I am glad I found this thread, it was super helpful to me. So, hopefully my experience will help others have the courage to get vaccinated as well!

Missy, roar, meow, all the same when you are stronger :)
I am sorry you had so much swelling, asscherisme. I think that on the spectrum of reactions, yours was a little worse than the "almost no reaction" that those of us who just get the sore arm have. But I am very glad you are protected now, too. Thank you for reporting back!
 

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I'm in Virginia. I just saw one of the doctors I still see here from when Virginia was my main residence.) I logged onto Pricescope via a laptop and read the Coronavirus thread. I am bumping this thread for whitewave!

While I was driving here from Connecticut and the radio was bombarding me with corona virus stories, I was glad I had had my shingles vaccinations, too. It seemed prudent to be immunized against the things we could be immunized against and also to help increase herd immunity. I'm not sure the shingles vaccine helps with that, but my 'flu shot does. ;))
 

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I had the first shot about 2 hours ago and my arm hurt for like 5 mins and then I’ve been completely fine since then. Here’s hoping, though I realize it might take some time to kick in
 

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I had the first shot about 2 hours ago and my arm hurt for like 5 mins and then I’ve been completely fine since then. Here’s hoping, though I realize it might take some time to kick in
I'm so glad you did it, whitewave! Odds are you will be fine!
 

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It’s sort of like a band aid that she gave the shot through??? Anyway, never seen one of these before
 

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I have had shingles twice in the last 3 years and I am immunocompromised. I got the shingrix shots last summer as soon as they came out and had no reaction at all.
 

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For those who are confused about the effectiveness of singles vaccines, the shingrix is far more effective and lasts longer than zostavax:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html. In adults 50 to 69 years old who got two doses, Shingrix was 97% effective in preventing shingles; among adults 70 years and older, Shingrix was 91% effective. In adults 50 to 69 years old who got two doses, Shingrix was 91% effective in preventing PHN; among adults 70 years and older, Shingrix was 89% effective.Jan 25, 2018.

Also, https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/news/20191113/new-shingles-vaccine_what-you-need-to-know

I got my 2nd shingrix shot this morning. First shot, my arm got progressively red & swollen over 2 days, stayed that way for a week, and then gradually subsided. I didn't have any other issues. This afternoon, my arm is beginning to turn red and swell at the injection site and I'm feeling a tad tired and achy. Pharmacist said that any flu-like symptoms that appear should last only 24 hrs and I hope that's the case but I'm not worried at all about these few inconvenient side effects. Far better to feel icky for 24 hrs than endure a bout of shingles.
 

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My arm today at vaccine site. I would say it’s a 2 in terms of itchiness and irritating. It’s only at the site— my arm is fine.
 

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I'm glad that you, too, got the shingles vaccine (and that it was the Shingrix), Matata. I'm glad the itching and swelling you have is not severe, whitewave. I'm sorry you got any. :((

PS-I've seen bandaids that look like the thing on your arm. I never saw anyone give an injection through one, though, whitewave!
 

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I'm glad that you, too, got the shingles vaccine (and that it was the Shingrix), Matata. I'm glad the itching and swelling you have is not severe, whitewave. I'm sorry you got any. :((

PS-I've seen bandaids that look like the thing on your arm. I never saw anyone give an injection through one, though, whitewave!
It’s not bad at all.
 

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I’m going down fast now. Upper arm hurts bad and is hot, about the size of my hand. Headache bad. Throbbing, neck hurts, blah.

We’re in the car driving for another 1.5 hours.
 

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I’m going down fast now. Upper arm hurts bad and is hot, about the size of my hand. Headache bad. Throbbing, neck hurts, blah.

We’re in the car driving for another 1.5 hours.
Hope you are feeling much better today @whitewave !!!
 

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This isn’t as bad as last night. It’s not as hot, not as hard and is back down to about a 2 in terms of irritation.

Dh is worried she injected too low— so I’m off to google is this is supposed to be IM or sub Q.

@missy thanks. It’s better today
 

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Dh is worried she injected too low— so I’m off to google is this is supposed to be IM
It's IM to be injected into the deltoid. My pharmacist injected into the lower part of the deltoid. She told me why with the first dose but I can't remember the reason. With the first dose, my arm swelled clear down to the elbow. This 2nd one has been a breeze. Tenderness is almost gone and the redness was only the size of a quarter. Happy to hear you're feeling better.
 

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This isn’t as bad as last night. It’s not as hot, not as hard and is back down to about a 2 in terms of irritation.

Dh is worried she injected too low— so I’m off to google is this is supposed to be IM or sub Q.

@missy thanks. It’s better today
I'm so sorry for your suffering, whitewave. I am really interested in the results of your research. Since I was hoping that this thread might give other Pricescopers some (non-professional) info. on the vaccines, i.e. on how we had persoanally reacted to them, I'd love to know how they're supposed to be given (IM or sub Q). And how did the nurse give yours, btw?

I have only given injections to my Newfie and I was shown how to give them by his vet. I gave them into what appeared to be a huge roll of skin and flesh I gathered up, but not down into underlying muscle. No one told me what kind of injection I was giving (except that it was for his allergies...and I knew the name of the medication) and I never asked!

I know your dh is a physician. Maybe you and he can educate us about this vaccine and how it is supposed to be given. (Or at least educate me!)
 

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It's IM to be injected into the deltoid.
My pharmacist injected into the lower part of the deltoid. She told me why with the first dose but I can't remember the reason. With the first dose, my arm swelled clear down to the elbow. This 2nd one has been a breeze. Tenderness is almost gone and the redness was only the size of a quarter. Happy to hear you're feeling better.



Thanks, Matata!
 

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Shingles is basically a reoccurrence of the Chicken Pox virus at a later time. When you get Chicken Pox, usually as a child, you recover and have antibodies and the virus goes dormant. However over time this “immunity” wanes and the risk of a reactivation of the virus increases. So elderly people and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk. The vaccine is basically a booster to create more antibodies which should protect you from a full blown reactivation. Shingles is particular nasty especially if you’re elderly or immunosuppressed . Here is Australia it is only free to people over 70.
 

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It's IM to be injected into the deltoid. My pharmacist injected into the lower part of the deltoid. She told me why with the first dose but I can't remember the reason. With the first dose, my arm swelled clear down to the elbow. This 2nd one has been a breeze. Tenderness is almost gone and the redness was only the size of a quarter. Happy to hear you're feeling better.
Ok maybe that is ok then. He was worried it wasn’t in the deltoid but it’s probably in lower deltoid.
 

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I'm so sorry for your suffering, whitewave. I am really interested in the results of your research. Since I was hoping that this thread might give other Pricescopers some (non-professional) info. on the vaccines, i.e. on how we had persoanally reacted to them, I'd love to know how they're supposed to be given (IM or sub Q). And how did the nurse give yours, btw?

I have only given injections to my Newfie and I was shown how to give them by his vet. I gave them into what appeared to be a huge roll of skin and flesh I gathered up, but not down into underlying muscle. No one told me what kind of injection I was giving (except that it was for his allergies...and I knew the name of the medication) and I never asked!

I know your dh is a physician. Maybe you and he can educate us about this vaccine and how it is supposed to be given. (Or at least educate me!)
He doesn’t give vaccines so he is clueless, especially about this one. He’s never had Chicken pox!! I finally forced him to get the shot in about 2008 when one of my kids came down with a mild case (rash busted out at a wedding ) after having been vaccinated.
 
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