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Shingrix and peripheral neuropathy

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I have been experiencing tingling in hands (first time with these symptoms) beginning before my annual physical in Jan. Had my 2nd dose of shingrix on 1-25-20. I also had routine bloodwork done at my annual physical (1-30-20), when first told my doctor that I had been experiencing the tingling in hands. The cbc w/differential test showed high neutrophil count, according to nurse "suggestive of fighting off infection." As the tingling persisted but no signs of a cold or other infection developed, I wondered "could the supposed infection my body is fighting off be at all related to shingles vaccine?" I was told no, but yesterday I googled the symptom and shingles vaccine and came across this discussion. I had a follow up repeat blood test yesterday and will be interested to see the results.

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Hello @rita143, welcome to Connect. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope you can share your upcoming blood test results with us. I'm sure it will be helpful for other members with the same symptoms and questions. Here's what the CDC has to say about the Shingrix Vaccine:

What Everyone Should Know about Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix) – https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html
Complications of Shingles – https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/complications.html

@jager5210 has also discussed the vaccine and may have some information for you. Did the nurse who suggested it might be symptoms of fighting off an infection mention the vaccine as a possible cause?

@rita143 from what I have read and from people who have gotten it, yes the Shingrix shot can give you a strong reaction. It is a much stronger vaccine than the old Zostavax so it can cause a mild case of illness. Fever, aches and chills are some of the possible reactions. The vaccine works by getting your body's immune system to react to it so the body sees it as a threat and knows how to deal with it. I am not a doctor or medical professional so this is my limited understanding.