Shingles Vaccine Side Effects You Need to Know

side effects of shingles vaccine

Maintaining a healthy life with enough nutrition, exercise and rest is the key to staying healthy in all ages.

Yet, it is undeniable that the older you are, the easier for your body to get sick no matter how well you take care of yourself. Yes, it is about your immune system.

When you are in 20s or 30s, you are not that vulnerable to diseases because your immunity is still in its primary condition.

Even if you are exposed to viruses, it is easy for you to recover and activate your immune system so you will not get sick for the second time.

The situation is not the same, however, for people who are in their 70s and up. They need to be wary of diseases such as shingles.


What is shingles?

Shingles that is also known as herpes zoster is a painful skin rash caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus in people who have suffered from the illness.

In other words, if you have a history of chickenpox in your life, you are more prone to shingles. The symptoms are similar to chickenpox: painful fluid-filled blisters, burning sensation in the beginning, and sores before healing.

The good news is shingles vaccine is available for the people in needs. You can contact your General Practitioner (GP) to get more information about that as well as getting an injection of the vaccine.

One question that may tickle your mind, what about shingles vaccine side effects?


What are the shingles vaccine side effects?

Well, just like other kinds of vaccine, shingle vaccine does have side effects that fortunately happen to very minority of old people with the ratio of at least 1 : 10.

The side effects that may occur include:
shingles vaccine side effects

  • Headache
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Warmth and bruising at the injection site

Normally, the effects last one day or two so suppose you find them occur more than a few days you are highly suggested to immediately tell your General Practitioner.

Especially if you find a rash after having shingles vaccination, do not wait to contact him or her.


How long will the vaccine protect you?

Generally, the protection lasts up to five years or more although it is quite difficult to be precise.
The point is once you get the vaccination, you will have a lower chance to suffer from the painful Shingles.

Even when you are still unlucky and have to feel the pain of the disease, it will not be severe.
If you want to cure your shingles fast without side effects, you should try some home remedies for shingles.

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Updated: December 5, 2016 — 09:03

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