COVID Vaccine and Shingrix shots

Posted by ronindoman @ronindoman, Jan 13 12:27pm

I am having my first Shingrix shot for shingles next week and about a week later my COVID (Moderna) vaccine shot.Is that OK as far as any possible synergistic effect ?

@ronindoman, I just finished listening to Dr. Gregory Poland talk about that in this podcast. I highly recommend you go the following link.
Podcasts>Expert updates on COVID-19 vaccines
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/podcasts/newsfeed-post/expert-updates-on-covid-19-vaccines/
I had my Shingrix vaccine several years ago, and am now waiting for the COVID-19 Vaccine to become available in my neighborhood.

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@ronindoman. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. This is a great question. I had this concern too when I had my Shingrix after I had my tetanus and Td shot and then a flu shot. And I did. What happened was that my immune system was very stressed and I felt horrible with some neurologist reactions in my left hand for a while.

If I were you I would give at least 2 weeks or more in-between the two. The two shouldn't be synergistic but since your body will be introduced to a brand new element you might feel your immune system the way I did. Or you might not feel anything. Have you checked with your doctor?

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@naiviv

If an individual had a reaction to the 2nd dose of the Shingles vaccine can a Covid vaccine should be administered?

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Hello, we are a community of people with a wide variety of conditions who support each other in our journeys. We are not medical professionals and cannot provide medical advice.
This is a question that is serious enough to be addressed to your primary care provider (PCP) who will probably want to consult with a vaccine specialist.
The Covid vaccine is too new for there to be wide experience among providers to answer the question.
Good luck, and stop back to let us know what you are advised.
Sue

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If an individual had a reaction to the 2nd dose of the Shingles vaccine can a Covid vaccine should be administered?

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I am male over 50 with heart, kidney, arthritic, & allergic conditions as well as overweight & no excercise. I had my 1st Shingles vaccination last 3/5/21 and I suffered awful flu-like symptoms for 2.5 days! I treated that with 3 doses of acetaminophen PM, hydration & plenty of bed rest. I then had my 1st Pfizer anti covid-19 vaccination on 4/10/21 and just had muscle ache around the injection site which i treated with an ice pack and a single dose of acetaminophen. The aching lasted almost two days. I had my 2nd Pfizer dose on 5/1/21 but only had very, very slight muscle soreness around the injection site & mostly forgot about it. I felt no change in my health since then.

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@bmaquino

I am male over 50 with heart, kidney, arthritic, & allergic conditions as well as overweight & no excercise. I had my 1st Shingles vaccination last 3/5/21 and I suffered awful flu-like symptoms for 2.5 days! I treated that with 3 doses of acetaminophen PM, hydration & plenty of bed rest. I then had my 1st Pfizer anti covid-19 vaccination on 4/10/21 and just had muscle ache around the injection site which i treated with an ice pack and a single dose of acetaminophen. The aching lasted almost two days. I had my 2nd Pfizer dose on 5/1/21 but only had very, very slight muscle soreness around the injection site & mostly forgot about it. I felt no change in my health since then.

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Hello @bmaquino and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Thank you for joining to share your experience with both the Shingles vaccine and Pfizer vaccines. That is wonderful to hear that you were able to weather the symptoms and come out fully vaccinated!

Were you skeptical going into one or both vaccines?

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