I am a pretty sure I can't work up the nerve to get the follow up shot as this made me pretty sick for days- maybe some one can tell me whether the side effects are muted with the second dose since our bodies should be more accustomed to it?
Shingrix - Is the booster (follow up dose) as bad as the side effects produced with the first dose?
Question posted by DReed333 on 21 May 2018
Last updated on 22 August 2022
i had no reaction to the first Shingrix vac. i waited 3 months to get the 2nd dose-that was yesterday. today I was freezing all over, especially my extremities, i put on my snow gear,,, im in N CA & its Spring... May! this went on for a few hours. i'm finally starting to warm a bit... what a horrifying experience! but, i do NOT want to get Shingles, so i would get the shot again...
however, it was very scary NOT to find another with my reaction online.
@Kathleen1956. Your response to the second dose more matched my symptoms from the first dose..so if the second is worse I am glad that I never got it!!! I also had the 2 Pfizer Covid shots with no side effects. Seems to me they could make a Shingles vaccine that is not so really awful sickening. I'll wait as I would never want to go through that again..I am not sure it is actually that safe as it makes too many people unwell.
I think everyone is different but I can tell you I've had several vax over my nursing career and both Pfizer Covid vaccines did not produce any side effects at all. However, the first Shingrix left a hardened lump the size of my palm. It was red, raised and extremely itchy. That was it. I had the 2nd Shingrix a week ago and while I had the same side effects as the first, I also had 4 days of fevers ranging from 100.5 to 102.4. My usual temp runs low at 97.5
I have never been so miserable. Finally fever, chills, headache, fatigue and anorexia gone but I still have the itchy lumpy arm. My immune system really reacted this time. But shingles aren't something I want so I'd get the vax again.
Clinical trials showed that your body could suffer the same side effects as the first shot or you could just be fine, there is no way to know for sure. However, it is worth the risk. Do you know how painful shingles is if you do get it? (And alot of people do) you can risk having severe nerve pain for months (even more than a year for 1/5th of the population) and you will be put on medications for nerve pain which have a very bad side effect profile and can cause excessive weight gain, constant drowsiness, nausea and headaches.
- Shingrix uses and safety info
- Shingrix information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Shingrix (detailed)
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