Nov. 15, 2019 — Unlike some vaccines, the new shingles vaccine is in high demand for shingles and is not always easy to find. It was approved in 2017 and recommended vaccination for adults with CDCs 50 and older to prevent this painful, explosive disease. It used in place of the pre-vaccine Zostavax.
More than a year following, scientists say they are learning more about how it works, it’s safety dangers, and how it relates to Zostavax.
How effective is Shingrix?
MD is an assistant professor at the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland Medical School. Wilbur Chen says: “It worked out better than I expected.”
In studies, shingles were active at 97% for shingles prevention in people 50 and older. It also works in older adults who are at increased risk for a painful shingle disorder called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). “When you squeeze in kids between 70 and 80 years old, it can be extremely daunting,” says Chen.
In contrast, Zostavax reduces the risk of shingles by 51% and by 67% by PN. It is effective at only 38% of people over 70 years of age.
The impact of Shingrix will also be long-lasting. For four years after you receive the vaccine, the protection is above 85%. “At four years, there was no reduction in the measurement we used for safety,” says William Schaffner, professor of (PM) preventive medicine and infectious disease at Infectious Diseases and Vanderbilt University. “It was very different from the first vaccine, Zostavax. At that time, safety was still low.”
How safe is Shingrix?
“It’s been pretty good so far,” Schaffner says. The main side effect is the sore throat of the hand that is firing.
Other side effects are mild and usually lasts 2 to 3 days.
- Muscle pain
- Stomach upset
There have been no severe incidents related to the vaccine correctly attributed to the vaccine,” says Schaffner. But over time, doctors will learn more about the effects of shingles. “With all the new vaccines, the CDC continues to do so.
Who Should Not Get Shingrix?
The vaccine is safe for healthy adults, age 50 and older. “It’s a big part of the population,” Schaffner says. The only people who shouldn’t take this vaccine are pregnant women and anyone who has ever been allergic to shingles or any of its ingredients.
The CDC’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP) has not confirmed whether the vaccine is safe for people who have weakened the immune system due to a disease or drug.
“The biggest concern among some doctors’ groups is that they don’t want to have a reaction that can lead to a transplant patient’s rejection of the transplant,” says Schaffner. “They want to make sure the vaccine is safe.” Another concern is that the shingles vaccine may be less effective in taking drugs that weaken the immune system.
ACIP discusses how to vaccinate people with a weakened immune system. It is essential to protect this group because they are at increased risk for shingles and its complications.
Can I get the Shingrix vaccine now?
You may have to wait. Due to higher demand than expected, the shortage of Shingrix has been reducing. GlaxoSmithKline has accelerated vaccine production, and the company says it plans to increase the dose available in 2019 significantly.
“My feeling is that it’s coming, who have been waiting, or frustrated because they haven’t had it should try again,” Schaffner says. To help you find Shingrix in your area, GSK offers a Shingles Vaccine Locator on its website.
If your pharmacy does not have Shingrix, ask your doctor about getting an old Zostavax vaccine in the meantime. Wait at least eight weeks after receiving the Zostavax Shingrix vaccine.
What Do Physicians Still Need to Learn About Shingrix?
Future research will show how effective this vaccine is in particular groups, like people with a weakened immune system. It is still unclear how long Shingrix’s security will last. “We don’t know if a person is vaccinated at age 50, whether they should be given a booster every ten years or every 15 to 20 years, or they don’t need a booster,” says Chen
How do I pay for Shingrix?
Shingrix costs $ 280 for both shots. Following the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance market plans and most private health insurance plans will cover Shingrix without any deduction or duplication – as long as you receive the vaccine from an online provider.
Medicare covers the shingles vaccine under Part D of its prescription plan. But not everyone in Medicare has a D-section, and there are copies and deductions of some of these plans. GSK says the cost out of the ordinary pocket for Medicare D is about $ 50 per dose.
If you already have a shingle, should you get shingles?
Yes. Shingles can return once you have it. “There’s a slightly higher risk that you can get a second episode, so go ahead and get the vaccine,” Schaffner says. Wait until your itch and other symptoms go away.