Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix): Is it advisable for transplant patients?

Posted by azdan99 @azdan99, Jul 31, 2020

Is it advisable and safe for a transplant patient to get the new shingles vaccine, Shinglex?

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@tjgisewhite

I have no knowledge of any transplant patients contracting Covid-19. I have no plans of getting a vaccine for something that I have no knowledge of any of us contracting the virus to begin with. Just my personal opinion of course. Have a great rest of your day.

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@tjgisewhite, Like you I have not known any transplant patients personally with COVID-19. When I asked at my annual evaluation appointment, I was told that have been transplant patients with COVID-19, and deaths. I hope that when some of these promising vaccines are approved, that each transplant center will give their patients the scientific information and guidance in making the best decision. I fully expect this to not be a 'one-size-fits-all' situation.

Have you been able to have your 4 month check-up since your new transplant? How did it go?

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Hello all, I'm a little confused. The COVID 9 vaccine is not the the Shingles vaccine. At my heart transplant, I was told we could not have the Shingles vaccine because at that time it was a live vaccine. Since Shingrix has arrived on the market, this has changed. I just contacted my nurse coordinator and was told that this vaccine is safe for me. I'm planning on getting it on Wednesday. Everyone's medical history is unique and our coordinators are able to offer the best medical counsel. I will await a COVID vaccine that makes sense for all of us with new organs. We'll see what happens!

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@rosemarya

@azdan99, Thank you for bringing up the topic of shingles shot. It is a good reminder for all of us to keep our immunizations up to date. Have you had the opportunity to discuss it with your doctor yet?

@azdan99, I want to commend you for how well you have taken care of yourself and your heart transplant for 17 years. You are an expert by experience and I have a question for you. What advice do you have for someone who is starting out with a new transplanted organ?

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Advice for new transplant patients:
1. Listen carefully to instructions from your Team. Take notes and ask questions. Get their instructions in writing.
2. Never hesitate to ask any question, no matter how simple. I always challenge my doctors. They are not perfect.
3. Take you meds religiously. I have alarms set on my phone. Make sure your support person knows your med schedule. Keep a copy of your med schedule inyour wallet.
4. If your health changes suddenly, talk with your Team ASAP. There should be someone on call 24/7 that is paid to answer your call. Share with your support person.
5. Stay positive!!! Rely on your faith for comfort.

There is probably more, but this is a good start.

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@azdan99

Advice for new transplant patients:
1. Listen carefully to instructions from your Team. Take notes and ask questions. Get their instructions in writing.
2. Never hesitate to ask any question, no matter how simple. I always challenge my doctors. They are not perfect.
3. Take you meds religiously. I have alarms set on my phone. Make sure your support person knows your med schedule. Keep a copy of your med schedule inyour wallet.
4. If your health changes suddenly, talk with your Team ASAP. There should be someone on call 24/7 that is paid to answer your call. Share with your support person.
5. Stay positive!!! Rely on your faith for comfort.

There is probably more, but this is a good start.

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Excellent. The only think I would add, and it’s an obvious, is stay hydrated!

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@jerrynord

Is it too early to tell if the new vaccine being tested for Covid is safe for transplants?

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@jerrynord Hi and the latest I heard from my Doctors is that for us transplant patients we can't get a live type vaccine so probably not for a while. But this is so new im sure we will be hearing more as time goes by.
Have a blessed day
Dana

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@danab

@jerrynord Hi and the latest I heard from my Doctors is that for us transplant patients we can't get a live type vaccine so probably not for a while. But this is so new im sure we will be hearing more as time goes by.
Have a blessed day
Dana

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I am sure we will.

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@tjgisewhite

I have no knowledge of any transplant patients contracting Covid-19. I have no plans of getting a vaccine for something that I have no knowledge of any of us contracting the virus to begin with. Just my personal opinion of course. Have a great rest of your day.

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I have had Covid19, all I had was a dry cough….nothing else, I am worried about the way this virus in going. I don't think the truth is being told and numbers are miss represented. I'm also concerned about this vaccine, it is being run through very quick and its an mRna vaccine, I personally don't want anyone messing with my DNA…I will not be getting the vaccine, I will do as I've always done ……practicing good hygiene, and regardless of what the experts are telling you, there is no cure for a virus, only maintenance. I mean I could die of pneumonia, I don't mind wearing the mask for a while but we have to get back to normal, or there'll be other consequences, other than the virus.

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Sir, what kind of transplant did you have? When did you have your transplant? What medications are you currently on that still have to do with your transplant?

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Kidney, 2015, myfortic and tacrolimus

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