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User Reviews for Zoster vaccine, inactivated to treat Herpes Zoster, Prophylaxis

Also known as: Shingrix

Zoster vaccine, inactivated has an average rating of 5.1 out of 10 from a total of 423 ratings for the treatment of Herpes Zoster, Prophylaxis. 32% of those users who reviewed Zoster vaccine, inactivated reported a positive effect, while 40% reported a negative effect.

Zoster vaccine, inactivated Rating Summary

5.1/10 average rating

423 ratings from 503 user reviews.

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Reviews for Zoster vaccine, inactivated

VetteM2112 April 9, 2021

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Got my first injection November 2019. Sore arm for a couple days, not too bad. Second injection February 12 2020. Not so good. Within a few hours I became very tired, nauseous and feverish. Slept all day until that evening when my wife woke me up concerned. She began asking questions that I could not respond to. The more I delayed answering, the more she got concerned. She thought I was having a stroke. She called one of her nurse friends with my symptoms and was told to call 911 or take me to the hospital. Three days in the hospital with stroke like symptoms. MRI, CT scans and blood work. Released on day three as I was beginning to recover from whatever it was. Side note: I have always been allergic to bee stings. Not today though. Last week I was stung on my leg and had no reaction. I believe this was all related to the vaccine, but I’m not a doctor. PS the neurologist had no idea what was wrong with me.”

Steve W. April 9, 2021

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “My doctor recommended that I get the Shingrix vaccination. I am 55 years old and my BMI is 21.9. My daily exercise consists of walking and basic calisthenics. I don't have any major health issues, so I don't take any prescription meds. My 1st dose was on Sept. 23rd. Aside from some injection site pain, there were no problems until a few days later. There was some redness and swelling. Over the course of 3 days, the redness widened covering an area of about 2.5” x 3” of my arm. Despite this, I didn't feel any bothersome pain, unless I actually pressed down on the red area. Over the course of a week, the swelling subsided and the redness disappeared. The 2nd dose (Nov. 22nd) resulted in a similar reaction as the 1st dose. However, the redness didn't develop until about a week later. This time, though the redness covered a larger section of my arm (about 3.5” x 4”) than before, there was no discernible swelling or pain. The redness eventually went away.”

8 / 10
Sherry · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 4, 2021

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “My first injection of Shingrix was fine, no side effects. Two months later I received the second injection. What a nightmare. I had all the worst side effects, nausea, aching muscles, bad dizziness, chills, fever. The next day that turned into the worst cases of shingles. I had a week of pain to the bone in my leg. Had to have pain relievers to control the pain. After that came the burning nerve pain. I had no energy or desire to function. My shingles lasted about five weeks, and at four months I am still suffering with PRN in my thigh. It is gradually improving but can’t wait for this nightmare to be over. I am a very healthy 65 year old. I wouldn’t suggest this injection to anyone. It has a lot of nasty side effects and hopefully you don’t receive the shingles like I did. This vaccine needs MORE testing. I have heard too many horror stories!!!!!”

1 / 10
Jac · Taken for less than 1 month January 17, 2021

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I received first vaccine- thought I was fine until 24 hours later. Then I started with joint and muscle pain. Nausea, headache , fever and injection site pain. Nerve pain from shoulder to elbow like a sunburn for 3 days. Burned if I scratched it. Stayed In bed 3 days. Second injection worse. Both arms swelled, erythma and tenderness at injection site. Day two I experienced muscle and joint pain. Weird bone pain in breastbone. Headache, severe neck pain, left shoulder and scapular pain. I am 55 yo female. Healthy. It took about a week to feel good again. I still recommend the vaccine. I am a nurse and have cared for shingles patients. Brutal experience that can last for months with long term complications.”

10 / 10
Pc November 14, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I had my first Shingrix injection in August absolutely no problems. I have to admit I thought what’s the big deal, like a few others had commented. The second shot was three weeks ago. (November) I expected same result as first shot. Boy, was I wrong, about 12 hours later I was so cold shivered for 2 hrs put two blankets on finally stopped. Didn’t sleep well that night. For a week felt flu like, tired, weak, lightheaded, within a week I had muscle aches all over, like a had worked out for hours. It’s been 3 weeks now, still have muscle discomfort, the other symptoms going away. Never had reactions to a vaccine before!!”

3 / 10
BeachGirl13 August 26, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Wednesday August 12, 2020 2nd Shingrix vaccine. 1st in March was pretty much uneventful. Sunday afternoon dizziness started. Headaches, night sweats, heavy legs, big toe twitching, legs shaking, cold even tho house was 80°. Felt out of it. No appetite. Eyes blurry. Sneezing. Ears ringing. Dry cough. Bad taste in mouth. Fatigue worst days 5 & 6. Itching burning skin, slight rash on around day 8. Random muscle pains and spasms. Super ANXIOUS, but I tend to be an overly stressed out type. Heart racing. Stomach not good day 10 & 11. No appetite, abdominal discomfort. Diarrhea on day 11 foul smell. Day 11 Slight night sweats, super dizzy. Day 13 BETTER Not 100%, but I’m feeling better. All lab work negative. I searched forums like this one to find out why I felt so horrible, other people confirmed similar responses to Shingrix. I wish more people would follow up afterwards. To share that it can and will get better.”

1 / 10
Suz October 18, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I am a 64 year old female in excellent health who received the 1st shot of the Shingrix vaccine on 10/6/20. I was not given a handout on the vaccine, nor was I told of any side effects. I developed a fever, blinding headache, shaking chills, weakness, joint & muscle pain. I had an itchy rash at the injection site. I felt like I'd been hit by a truck, & was bed bound all the next day. The following day I still felt terrible & profoundly weak. I suddenly went into an episode of A-fib (no history of heart disease). I was admitted to the hospital. Later, I still felt awful & developed a heart rate that was too low. While at my PCP for a follow up, I had to be rushed to the ER for extreme lightheadedness & weakness. I was treated with IV fluids. I saw a cardiologist, who determined I had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine that happens to 1 in a million people. My cardiac issues have not fully resolved and this has prevented me from working and leading my normal life.”

1 / 10
Emily · Taken for less than 1 month November 4, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Received the shingrix vaccine last nigh, along with the flu vaccine. Woke up this morning in excruciating pain in my left arm, barely had the ability to walk to bathroom. I have cold chills, muscle weakness and fatigue. I also feel like I have a earache. I am a Nurse for the state, and actually had to call off work. Even took 400 mg ibruphen with no relief.”

KMaw · Taken for less than 1 month March 27, 2021

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Had my first dose yesterday, 3/26/21. My provider said nothing to me about how horrible I would feel within hours. I specifically asked questions regarding side effects and was told "There may be some pain at the injection site." I really hope this exhaustion, pain in my shoulder, lack of appetite and dizziness go away. Why not be honest with their patients?”

10 / 10
Lane August 8, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Got my second of the two Shingrix shots. Had bad body aches the next day. Overall I was out of sorts, uncomfortable but ok. I little worse than than the first vaccine. I had shingles when I was 50 yo. I’m 57 now. Shingles was one of the worst, painful experiences of my life. I have scars and nerve damage that I hope will go away someday. The outbreak lasted 2 weeks. I use to think Shingles was just a thing that passes, I respect it now and what people go through. Also, you don’t know where your shingles will show up on your body. It could be anywhere, terrible and damaging around your eyes. My advice is, try to deal with the side effects the best you can. It’s a really effective vaccine and it will be worth the couple of days of discomfort you might experience.”

10 / 10
Eric · Taken for less than 1 month June 6, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I received the first injection of Shingrix at 11:00 AM at my internist's office. The nurse kept telling me that it was a painful inoculation, worse than a tetanus shot. So I expected pain when the needle went into my upper arm, but it was barely noticeable. I thought the nurse had exaggerated. My arm was sore after an hour or so and I had a headache and felt tired, but again, I have had far worse. Fast forward twelve hours and every nerve in my body seems to be activated. I had severe stomach, head, joint and every other type of aching, burning, prickling crushing pain one associates with a bad flu. Chills and a mild fever were part of the ordeal. All this persisted through the night and the next day. Where I find myself now, hoping that I'm not in for another night of torture. Tylenol and Motrin have given some slight relief. They say that the second dose is worse than the first, so in two to six months, I will be facing a difficult decision about getting the second dose.”

5 / 10
Teri June 5, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “1st dose Dec 2019 - muscle pain, joint pain, fever and chills, arm hurt all the way up into my shoulder. I’ve never reacted this badly to anything. I’m healthy no underlying conditions I’m 52 yo female. I put off 2nd dose as long as I could, didn’t want to deal with side effects especially w/covid happening. My mom and MIL (mother in law) both had shingles and I saw them suffer. It wiped my healthy mom out for a year, MIL had it on her face she had to go to ophthalmologist weekly because they worried it would go into her eye. Another friend had it on her butt cheek she said try to go months with no pants on, she said it was excruciating to wear clothes. Got 2nd dose yesterday, arm is sore and woke up in the middle night feeling like I had been hit by a truck fever, shivering, joint and muscle pain again, headache feel terrible. gonna take some meds and ride it out. Hope to never get shingles if its even remotely comparable to the shot after effects I do not want it.”

10 / 10
JJ · Taken for 1 to 6 months October 30, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Had shingles part 2 shot around 2 pm -started having pains in my arm bones later that evening. Took an Advil before bed and woke up with sore muscles, joints, chills & freezing cold & headache. Around noon took another Advil. Appetite was poor. Laid around all day - no energy. I’m a fairly active 69 yo so this was surprising. Nothing a person can’t handle just uncomfortable. This is day two and still feel the fever on my face.”

9 / 10
JAC1964 · Taken for less than 1 month June 13, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Just received my 2nd dose yesterday at 3 pm. Twelve hours later I woke up with flu-like symptoms. Twenty-four hours later feeling better but still ache. I also slept a lot and took Aleve. Same symptoms after my 1st dose. This time I received the 2nd shot after work on Friday so I would have the weekend to get over the side effects. I would say the side effects were slightly worse after the 2nd dose although I was told the 1st and 2nd does we’re the same. I would say I usually tolerate pain/illness pretty well. I Guess I would recommend the vaccine but plan on having adverse side effects. JAC”

5 / 10
MimosaSD October 11, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Took my first Shingrix dose in Jan 2020. The side effect was severe. Even though the headache was mild, the chills were unbearable. I had to spend 2 day wearing a thick coat while shivering. Naturally, I was reluctant to take the second dose until my doctor talked me into it. When I took the injection in Oct 2020, the side effect was much milder. I just got a slightly sore arm and a mild temperature. About two days later, I woke up at night totally soaked with sweat. After that, I was back to normal.”

9 / 10
Don October 8, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Just a heads up. I had the first Shingrix vaccine a couple of months ago, just pain in my arm. I had the first pneumonia vaccine a year ago. I was due for the second vaccine for both. I went to Publix and got the second Pneumonia vaccine and the second Shingrix on the same day, big mistake. The Pharmacist assured me that getting them both together would not be a problem. Within 10 hours I had a fever, the chills, the sweats, headache and intense body aches. Not much sleep that first night. I started to improve after about 36 hours but after almost 3 days I’m still not myself. I normally have no reactions to vaccines but I think because I did both on the same day, my symptoms were elevated. I would never do that again. Of course, do what you want but I would say get one vaccine then go back in a few weeks and get the second.”

10 / 10
Zephyr · Taken for less than 1 month July 21, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “My husband and I got the first shot in February. Maybe a sore arm but nothing that I really remember and no hesitation to get second. Second shot in July. Both of us had extreme pain in our arm. I was sick - fever, headache, chills, and horrible joint and muscle pain along with debilitating fatigue for 3 days. My husband also had symptoms but not as severe as mine. After two and a half weeks my fatigue is still terrible And my husband’s arm is still sore. Even with these side effects it’s better than getting shingles. Really just wish we had been warned about them. This is the worst side effects I have had form a vaccine.”

7 / 10
Honey bun · Taken for less than 1 month January 23, 2021

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I’m a healthy active 69 year old female who eats well & walk or lift weights. I got the shingles injection (second dose). I’m miserable, ache all over, shivering, feel like bad flu. I have had Covid 19, in early October, so we know it’s not that. I just guess I’ll have to ride it out.”

8 / 10
Anonymous August 23, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I received my first Shingrix vaccine on 8/14. I had a pneumonia vaccine the same day. Started feeling a little under the weather the next day. A couple of days later I started feeling extremely light headed and started running fever of 100.5-101.5. It is now 9 days after my shot and I am still running a fever. I can't say for sure that I am still having side effects from the vaccination but my doctor said to give it 2 weeks. I had a covid test just to rule it out. I had pretty bad arm pain for 3-4 days but nothing that stopped me from functioning. I got no warnings from the doctor that this could happen. Good thing no vacations were planned.”

7 / 10
Heidi September 5, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I’m a 57 year old female. I decided to get the vaccine because I know 2 people who had shingles. I’d never had a reaction to a vaccine before. I was sore after the shot but then also I developed a rash all over. My doctor told me it was pityriasis rosea. Related to shingles and chicken pox. The rash lasts 6 weeks to 6 months! There is no treatment for it. Seriously I feel like a leper it’s all over my body. I don’t know what to do about the second dose?”

2 / 10
Mugs · Taken for less than 1 month October 28, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I am 60 years old and in excellent health. I walk and/or run nearly every day. I was vaccinated with Shingrex yesterday. Felt achy last night. This morning my temp is at 100 and I feel like I've been hit by a Mack truck. It seems this is a pretty common side effect.”

Joplet September 3, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Took the shingles vaccine two days ago and the night shivering the first night was wicked. I felt like I was hit by a truck. I still have a deep headache and night chills. I couldn’t lift my arm for about 24 hours. My arm is still very sore though now I can use it. My whole body felt like I had severe allergies. I did not have a fever.”

Vg550 August 30, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I was told that the shingles shot would be a little more sore than the flu shot. I got the shingles shot in my right arm in the flu shot in my left arm on Thursday, August 27.... and the shingles shot did hurt more, however that would’ve been fine if that was the worst of it. Friday I couldn’t get out of bed, every joint in my body hurt, had a headache, no appetite and chills. Saturday body aches were gone but terrible diarrhea started, still had chills. Saturday night was a nightmare with the diarrhea. Today is Sunday and I am hoping the side effects subsides. I sent a quick note to my doctor and said she couldn’t drag me back to the office for the second shot. There was no way I would do this to my body or system again on purpose. I might add, I was feeling fine when I went to the doctors to get these shots.”

Zooloster · Taken for less than 1 month June 24, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I received the first dose on Shingrix in February on a Friday at around 11am and spiked a 102 fever 12 hours later with chills and sweats. That said, I slept through the night and my fever was gone by breakfast. For the second dose 4 months later, I was not able to schedule on a Friday so took Tylenol immediately after receiving, and then again after dinner. The injection site was much more painful than for the first, so I wondered if the second dose would hit harder. While my fever only reached 101, it lasted throughout the night and kept me from sleeping, with aches rather than chills and sweats. Temp was finally normal 97 at 9am. Unlike with the first dose, I developed a dry cough that lasted through the following day (in these covid times I was glad to feel it disappear.)”

John · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 3, 2021

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “I had both Shingrix vaccinations in 2018 following a shingles outbreak around my right eye. Localized muscle soreness & flu-like symptoms for 3 days following the second jab. I'm currently 64 yo and just received my first COVID jab. Four days later I developed shingles around my right eye and face for a second time. This time was much worse than the first. I thought the Shingrix vaccine was supposed to prevent or at least help minimize this.”

2 / 10
Barbara March 21, 2021

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “First dose of Shingrix no side effects just slightly sore arm. Second dose - within four hours started feeling really bad. Nausea, body aches, chills, exhaustion. It got worse over the next 24 hours then started to clear . One of the worst nights in recent memory and I just recovered from 11 days of COVID19! (A month prior to second vaccine.) I had really bad chicken pox as a kid and lately a lot of my friends have been coming out with shingles. One had it in her eye! Probably all the extra pandemic stress. Vaccinations are by and large the way better choice than the disease - if you have the opportunity get the injection just be prepared to feel a little junky. I plan to get my COVID19 vaccine next month allowing time between the vaccines and still before my immunity wears off. I am in good health and take vitamins and exercise and all of that. My husband who does none of that had no COVID19 symptoms although he was positive; he had no side effects from either Shingrix vaccine.”

9 / 10
Lucylovr · Taken for less than 1 month June 19, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “62 y/o female. Had first dose in February. Only side effect was a sore arm for about 5 days. Had second dose this past Tues at 1:00 pm. By 7:00 pm the arm pain started along with a headache. Next day had a pounding headache, body aches, neck pain and the injection site was sore to the touch and red. Took ibuprofen throughout the day with minimum relief. Before bed I took 3 ibuprofen and 2 regular Tylenol. Next day I felt 90 % better except for my arm. Now 3 days out and I'm back to normal. Arm is still a little sore but getting better each day.”

8 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month August 27, 2020

Shingrix (zoster vaccine, inactivated): “Had my first injection of Shingrix 6 days ago, 8/21 at a local pharmacy. The shot was administered by a student intern. He was very good, explained everything and I barely felt the injection. I was prepared for possibly severe symptoms as others have described here, however outside of a sore shoulder for several days, it was fine. Hoping for the same outcome for round two in a few months. BTW several others I know that have had the vaccine have had the same experience with no one I know having severe symptoms.”

10 / 10

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