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Shingles Jab for over 70s

#1 by Sheldonboy , Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:52 am

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22335511
Speaking as someone who has had shingles in the face and came close to losing an eye, I can only say this must be a great step forward. It is the most painful thing I have ever known. I literally sat in the dark crying for a week. I couldn't watch the television or have the light on. It made myeyes so sore.
16 years later I still occasionally feel the sensations from it. Although I know you can't catch Shingles from someone who has it I would still be too scared to go near anyone who has.


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#2 by mikejee , Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:06 pm

Someone i worked with had a very bad attack also. He went through agony, and still had a slight twitch on on eside of his face when the pain was over. He also had to have a small operation to block a tear duct in one eye, as he seemed to be continually crying . As you say SB, a big advance. I would question why not people a bit younger though. I just make it !!

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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#3 by Sheldonboy , Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:02 pm

From what I gather Mike the body's immune system is exppected to cope in younger people.


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#4 by mikejee , Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:09 pm

I wasn't meaning teenagers, but the guardian in an article today , said that it was a problem usually in the over 50s

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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#5 by Sheldonboy , Wed May 01, 2013 5:28 am

I believe that's true Mike, I was 48 when I had it and really wouldn't want to meet it again.


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#6 by phil ( deleted ) , Mon May 06, 2013 8:36 pm

You don't get Shingles if you have had the measles do you?

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#7 by Sheldonboy , Mon May 06, 2013 8:46 pm

Quote: phil wrote in post #6
You don't get Shingles if you have had the measles do you?

So far as I know Phil you can only get Shingles if you have had Chicken pox its the same virus. sorry to disappoint you Phil but I had wicked Measles as a kid. I still got shingles. You can't catch shingles from someone with Shingles but you can catch Chicken pox from someone with Shingles.
Although I know Shingles cant be caught from someone with Shingles, it scares me so much I wouldn't go near just in case Phil.


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#8 by phil ( deleted ) , Mon May 06, 2013 9:34 pm

SB

I'm no medical expert as I suffered very few childhood illnesses. I have never suffered from any illness in my life and I never had a bad day until they told me I was in danger of dying. Until then I hadn't seen a doctor since the age of 21 when I had a medical for my HGV licence so that was 37 years doctor free.

I knew it was one of those spotty things that turned to shingles, so if I have had chicken pox can I now catch Shingles? I know I never caught any of the childhood things of the kids when they were young and I'm sure they had all the usual things.

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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#9 by Sheldonboy , Mon May 06, 2013 9:54 pm

That's correct Phil, No Chicken pox No Shingles


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#10 by Voltman , Tue May 07, 2013 10:33 am

If you can't catch Shingles from someone who has Shingles, then where do you catch it from?


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#11 by mikejee , Tue May 07, 2013 12:47 pm

As i gather volty, the bug is already there from the chicken pox, hiding in the body and then brought out by some stimulous. Its like cold sores, in fact i think the two viruses are related.


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#12 by phil ( deleted ) , Tue May 07, 2013 1:21 pm

I was told that after a certain age chicken pox turns to shingles, it's like mumps no great problem for children but you don't want them as an adult.

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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#13 by Sheldonboy , Tue May 07, 2013 2:56 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #10
If you can't catch Shingles from someone who has Shingles, then where do you catch it from?

The chicken pox virus lies dormant in you, then it reappears as shingles. The old virus never goes away, apparently.


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#14 by Sheldonboy , Tue May 07, 2013 2:58 pm

Quote: phil wrote in post #12
I was told that after a certain age chicken pox turns to shingles, it's like mumps no great problem for children but you don't want them as an adult.

Shingles is scary, its extremely painful and can cause complicsw


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RE: Shingles Jab for over 70s

#15 by phil ( deleted ) , Tue May 07, 2013 5:48 pm

"complicsw" sounds nasty.

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