Complications Following Shingles Vaccine Are Serious in About 3% of Cases: CDC

Amid continuing concerns about reports of problems with the single-dose Zostavax shingles vaccine, a new report reviewed adverse reactions to the newer, double-dose Shingrix vaccine, indicating that about three percent of those reactions resulted in serious injuries or complications. 

GlaxoSmithKline’s Shingrix vaccine is believed to be safer and more effective for prevention of shingles among older adults, and has largely replaced the older live-virus Zostavax vaccine, which has been linked to reports of more severe and persistent shingles outbreaks and auto-immune complications in recent years.

In the latest issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), health officials indicate that at least 4,381 reports of adverse events have been received involving shingles inoculation with Shingrix, about 130 of them are classified as serious, including seven deaths. However, it is unclear whether the deaths were tied directly to the vaccine.

Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine; RZV) was introduced in October 2017, and has been approved for prevention of shingles among adults age 50 and older. It was the second shingles vaccine approved in the U.S., and has been widely viewed as a superior replacement for Merck’s Zostavax (zoster vaccine live; ZVL), which has been linked to complications as a result of an “under-attenuated” live virus contained in the vaccine.

The MMWR findings come from data lifted from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) during the first eight months Shingrix was in use, from October 20, 2017 to June 30, 2018, resulting in the distribution of 3.2 million doses. The most common adverse events were fever, injection site pain, and injection site erythema. The report does not highlight any specific side effects which stood out among the reports of serious adverse events. However, the report does indicates that 196 patients developed shingles even after receiving the vaccine, though the CDC indicates that it believes 14 of those patients may have already been suffering from a shingles outbreak when they received the shot.

CDC researchers said that the Shingrix success rate was above 90%, which, combined with the total number of adverse events, puts Shingrix in line with most vaccines, meaning it is overwhelmingly safe. However, the shot has been linked to numerous injection site errors.

The findings come several months after the CDC issued a warning highlighting the number of adverse event reports submitted in recent months involving Shingrix administration errors, which resulted in injection site problems and other complications.

That warning indicated that 155 reports were submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System during the first four months Shingrix was available, including at least 13 problems with Shingrix administration. According to the findings, nine of those errors were because the drug was administered in a single subcutaneous dose, instead of as a 2-dose intramuscular injection, which is how the vaccine should be given. The single subcutaneous dose is how Zostavax is administered, suggesting confusion among doctors.

All but one of those patients suffered injection site reactions, including pain, erythema, and pruritus.

As of this latest MMWR report, the number of reported injection errors had risen to 230.

Zostavax Side Effects

The findings come as Merck faces a growing number of Zostavax lawsuits filed in courts throughout the U.S., each involving similar allegations that the manufacturers of that older shingles vaccine failed to warn consumers and the medical community that the live-virus contained in the injection was not sufficiently weakened to prevent re-activation of the dormant virus in some users.

According to allegations raised in the complaints, following inoculation with the Zostavax shingles vaccine, users may develop a more severe and persistent version of shingles, or other complications, including Guillain-Barre syndrome, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), transverse myelitis, meningitis, facial paralysis, vision problems and other injuries.

Last month, a study was also published in The BMJ, which found that Shingrix is 85% more effective at preventing shingles than Zostavax, further accelerating the move away from Zostavax by many doctors in recent years.

54 Comments

  • JanetAugust 9, 2022 at 11:17 am

    I was told after getting a small painful rash and an ache in my left arm, that I had shingles; I received a dose of the vaccine and I have nonstop radiating pain in my left arm, I cannot lay on my left arm at all and if I wake up on my left side, I have constant agonizing pain all day. My left arm is very weak, and its constant pins and needles. I have had this checked and spent loads of cash on d[Show More]I was told after getting a small painful rash and an ache in my left arm, that I had shingles; I received a dose of the vaccine and I have nonstop radiating pain in my left arm, I cannot lay on my left arm at all and if I wake up on my left side, I have constant agonizing pain all day. My left arm is very weak, and its constant pins and needles. I have had this checked and spent loads of cash on doctor bills. I have been told that the shingles have most likely attacked my C5 nerve??? I also have a constant issue with my ears, they leak fluid! I have been to the doctor 4 times thus far and have been on ear drops, antibiotics etc; and still continue to leak fluid from my ears! The lymph nodes are swollen on the sides of my face and neck area. I continue to work but I feel horrible. I wake up most nights in a wet sweaty pool and I feel panicky! My heart is racing very hard. Please if there is anything, any suggestions, I am the point where I don't trust the medical field anymore :( Overwhelmed

  • CherylJuly 18, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I received the Shingrix vaccination 2 weeks ago and am still suffering side effects. I mistakenly got a Mammogram 3 days after and showed my swollen lymph nodes,,yup malignant prominent lymph nodes were noted but when I told the Technician that I just had a shot she did not ask me questions nor write it down. I complained to the Chief of Imaging and she took care of it for me. I have completely lo[Show More]I received the Shingrix vaccination 2 weeks ago and am still suffering side effects. I mistakenly got a Mammogram 3 days after and showed my swollen lymph nodes,,yup malignant prominent lymph nodes were noted but when I told the Technician that I just had a shot she did not ask me questions nor write it down. I complained to the Chief of Imaging and she took care of it for me. I have completely lost my appetite over this whole thing. Now the lymph nodes have gone down in my right arm but it still radiates pain. It felt like it was sunburned and pins and needles going down my arm 3 days ago now there is a burning, throbbing sensation under my arm pit going down my arm to my hand and sending a little warm sensation to the right side collar bone. This has me really scared! Taking over the counter pain meds and applying muscle rub ointment with menthol under my armpit. That is helping..hoping this is only short term! I can't stop crying and cannot eat!! Is this happening to anyone else?

  • DEBORAHJuly 10, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    It has been a little over a month now since my 1st shingles shot and I, like others on this page, am experiencing pain in the exact location of the shot. At times it feels like a prickly sensation and other times it is a deep soreness.

  • JefferyJune 28, 2022 at 8:13 am

    I received my first Shingrex injection, having only minor arm soreness that lasted at most one week. After the second injection in my right arm, the upper right arm swelled up within a few hours of the injection. It has been several months since my second injection and my upper arm is still swollen. Over the last 2 weeks, my entire right arm and hand began swelling resulting in an ER visit. Tests [Show More]I received my first Shingrex injection, having only minor arm soreness that lasted at most one week. After the second injection in my right arm, the upper right arm swelled up within a few hours of the injection. It has been several months since my second injection and my upper arm is still swollen. Over the last 2 weeks, my entire right arm and hand began swelling resulting in an ER visit. Tests were negative for a blood clot causing the problem. I had no open skin areas or bug bites/stings whatsoever on my right arm or hand. I was treated for presumed cellulitis and prescribed oral antibiotics for 7 days. The arm swelling remains. I was evaluated by my PCP who diagnosed me with lymph edema of unknown cause. I am scheduled soon for an ultrasound of the original 2 in. by 4 in. lump on my right upper arm that has been there since my second Shingrex injection. I personally think that that is the cause of the arm swelling. To be continued.....

  • PatrickJune 26, 2022 at 7:12 am

    I am having the exact same symptoms as ANN. My left arm, was in pain after the shot, which is normal. Six months later the pain continues. If I shake my arm, throw anything with it, or move it in certain positions, it is excruciating. Had an X-Ray last week, they diagnosed it as tendonitis and gave me some steroids. We'll see how this goes.

  • AnnJune 18, 2022 at 10:13 am

    I received my shingles vaccine on 5/17/22. Now about a month later, my shoulder that I received the vaccine continues to ache, limited range of motion and definitely a weakness to the arm. Does not appear to be getting better but perhaps worse? Even pain radiates to my neck.. I get excruciating pain when that arm gets shook or jarred. I just went back to my primary to demand correct diagnosing[Show More]I received my shingles vaccine on 5/17/22. Now about a month later, my shoulder that I received the vaccine continues to ache, limited range of motion and definitely a weakness to the arm. Does not appear to be getting better but perhaps worse? Even pain radiates to my neck.. I get excruciating pain when that arm gets shook or jarred. I just went back to my primary to demand correct diagnosing & treatment. I told him my shoulder was fine before the vaccine! Of course X-rays showed nothing and b/ work slowed inflammation. Waiting to get MRI approved and orthopedic referral. I had rotor cuff surgery about 5 years ago on my other shoulder; so this was my good shoulder that this happened It feels a lot like the pain I had w/ my rotor cuff surgery. Hope this goes away. It effects so much if my activities.

  • JudyJune 5, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    I received my 2nd dose May 19, 2022 and 17 days later still running low grade fever. Anyone else have this and did you get better?

  • ANTHONYJune 4, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    HAD SHINGLES FOR ABOUT 65 DAYS. SPOTS DID NOT LEEK AND HAVE MORE OR LESS GONE OTHER THAN PINK COLOURING. HOWEVER I HAVE VERY SEVERE PAIN IN ARM ( AND SHOULDER FEELS LIKE ITS BROKEN THOUGH PROBABLY NOT. I TAKE PRESCRIBED PAIN KILLERS WHICH HELP BUT NOT NEARLY ENOUGH. CONSTANT PAIN IS HARD TO LIVE WITH THROUGH NIGHT WHICH LEADS ME TO BAD THOUGHTS. IS IT WORTH CONTINUING IF THIS SHOCKING CONDITION C[Show More]HAD SHINGLES FOR ABOUT 65 DAYS. SPOTS DID NOT LEEK AND HAVE MORE OR LESS GONE OTHER THAN PINK COLOURING. HOWEVER I HAVE VERY SEVERE PAIN IN ARM ( AND SHOULDER FEELS LIKE ITS BROKEN THOUGH PROBABLY NOT. I TAKE PRESCRIBED PAIN KILLERS WHICH HELP BUT NOT NEARLY ENOUGH. CONSTANT PAIN IS HARD TO LIVE WITH THROUGH NIGHT WHICH LEADS ME TO BAD THOUGHTS. IS IT WORTH CONTINUING IF THIS SHOCKING CONDITION CONTINUES? PERIODICALS SUGGEST PAIN CAN CONTINUE SHORT LONG OR PERMANENTLY. I AM LOST! ANTHONY.

  • HeatherJune 1, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Took first dose of Shingrix on 5/31/22 930 AM. Painful injection, but no big deal. By 4 PM, I was foggy headed and could only lift my arm halfway up. By 8 PM, couldn’t take my own clothes off - I couldn’t lift my arm at all. That night, could not sleep and spiked a 101 fever. Took Tylenol and called in sick to work. Heart rate double the usual (testing heart rate usually 45, now 90). 6/1/2[Show More]Took first dose of Shingrix on 5/31/22 930 AM. Painful injection, but no big deal. By 4 PM, I was foggy headed and could only lift my arm halfway up. By 8 PM, couldn’t take my own clothes off - I couldn’t lift my arm at all. That night, could not sleep and spiked a 101 fever. Took Tylenol and called in sick to work. Heart rate double the usual (testing heart rate usually 45, now 90). 6/1/22 arm feels much better, but still sore. Fever subsided. Low grade headache. Worried about the side effects of the second dose. Doctor didn’t say anything about any side effects to expect, but I have had shingles before more than once and doctor recommended getting Shingrix as soon as I turned 50 to stop it from recurring.

  • MichaelMay 28, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    Side effects have not resolved. I have a temp, and ache everywhere: fingers, wrists, neck, knees, and hip. I have a persistent headache. Each night I am sleeping on towels as I soak them, at least two each night. I seem sensitive to light by the end of each day. My doc is concerned, and doesn’t want me to do the booster. While I’m going to work, I’m simply miserable. I told my wife, I fe[Show More]Side effects have not resolved. I have a temp, and ache everywhere: fingers, wrists, neck, knees, and hip. I have a persistent headache. Each night I am sleeping on towels as I soak them, at least two each night. I seem sensitive to light by the end of each day. My doc is concerned, and doesn’t want me to do the booster. While I’m going to work, I’m simply miserable. I told my wife, I feel like this vax is slowly killing me.

  • JaniceMay 2, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Had a Shingles Injection well over a year ago and my left upper arm is still extremely sore. I am unable to lift my arm or exercise without suffering pain. I am very sorry I ever allowed my doctor to talk me into the Shingles Vaccine and would not recommend it to anyone.

  • SherryApril 19, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    April 4, 2022 i recieved my 2 d Shringrix vaccine. Four hours later my jaw joint & ear began hurting, headaches & severly di,zy. Went to my Dr & he said i have TMJ & thought it was very suspicous 4 hrs after the vaccine. Now i have an appointment with a TMJ specialist (which ins doesnt pay). I hope he can help me. I do not recommend this Shingrix Vaccine.

  • EricApril 11, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    After the second vaccine on February 16th, I had the normal reaction of severe fatigue. After five days, I went to the gym and realized I didn't have any strength or stamina while on the elliptical. I've had major leg weakness, ringing in my right ear and walking feels strange and off. The left side of my face feels slightly numb. I had a nerve conduction test from a neurologist. He also tested th[Show More]After the second vaccine on February 16th, I had the normal reaction of severe fatigue. After five days, I went to the gym and realized I didn't have any strength or stamina while on the elliptical. I've had major leg weakness, ringing in my right ear and walking feels strange and off. The left side of my face feels slightly numb. I had a nerve conduction test from a neurologist. He also tested the leg muscles. He said the inside of my nerves, the part that controls the muscle, is very very low and weak all over. He said I have neuropathy and that Shingrix triggered something in my immune system. He doesn't have any idea how long I'll suffer from this. I used to be active and worked out three times a week. Now I tire easily and have to rest all the time. I'm only 51 and I'm afraid I won't be the same person I was before. I'm concerned I won't be able to continue my job as a School Counselor. And my wife and I have an eight year old daughter I want to play with.

  • MarianaApril 4, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    After the second shingles vaccine (Shingrix) received in Nov 2021 in my left shoulder I developed cervical lymphadenitis, swollen, painful lymph node on the same side of the neck, above the collar bone and my whole shoulder froze in pain. I immediately reported to my PCP and got a reply from the NP not to worry about it will go away. I also reported this to the Shingrix manufacturer. The lymph no[Show More]After the second shingles vaccine (Shingrix) received in Nov 2021 in my left shoulder I developed cervical lymphadenitis, swollen, painful lymph node on the same side of the neck, above the collar bone and my whole shoulder froze in pain. I immediately reported to my PCP and got a reply from the NP not to worry about it will go away. I also reported this to the Shingrix manufacturer. The lymph node swelling subsided in about 7-8 days but the pain has not gone in spite of me trying to be reasonable active and checking labs for inflammation (were negative). Eventually I had an XRay (early March) of shoulder showing “osteopenia”, then started physical therapy . Range of motion improved but the night time aches have not changed. An MRI showed tendinitis and small tears of different ligaments. I’m asked to consult an orthopedic specialist if my pain still present. Any advice?

  • layneApril 4, 2022 at 10:30 am

    The first shot made me ill but manageable. The second booster vaccine made the entire arm and hand so painful that I could not move it or touch it. I had to keep it curled up next to my body. Relaxing the arm in a normal state made it more painful. My glands in my arm pit were swollen for several days. I was sick with flu like symptoms and headache and stayed awake all night due to intense a[Show More]The first shot made me ill but manageable. The second booster vaccine made the entire arm and hand so painful that I could not move it or touch it. I had to keep it curled up next to my body. Relaxing the arm in a normal state made it more painful. My glands in my arm pit were swollen for several days. I was sick with flu like symptoms and headache and stayed awake all night due to intense arm pain. Over the counter pain pills did not work. I was only able to sleep the second day once I took an Oxycotin. I could not function for two days. Gosh, considering what I had to endure the vaccine had better work.

  • ValerieApril 2, 2022 at 3:52 am

    A friend got shingles and sent me a picture of his eye swollen almost completely closed. Prompted me to go to CVS for Shringrex vaccine on 3/31/22. Within an hour arm sore a heck. Within 3 hours my digestive system started cramping up and then 10 hours of vomiting (9 big bouts) and chronic diarrhea, chills, sweats..it was horrible. Next day, feels like someone punched my guts and chronic diarr[Show More]A friend got shingles and sent me a picture of his eye swollen almost completely closed. Prompted me to go to CVS for Shringrex vaccine on 3/31/22. Within an hour arm sore a heck. Within 3 hours my digestive system started cramping up and then 10 hours of vomiting (9 big bouts) and chronic diarrhea, chills, sweats..it was horrible. Next day, feels like someone punched my guts and chronic diarrhea, slight fever and weak as shit. I had no symptoms from J&J covid vac so, shocked how Shingles vac pummeled me. I never get sick...period.. I went from strong, go to gym and circuit training/biking regularly to, weak walking/ losing breath. Pharmacy said take Tylenol or go to ER....great. Just be prepared in case you get side effects with a couple of bad days and flu like treatments...electrolyte drinks, etc. Sucks and don't know if going to do again.

  • EdMarch 29, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    I had first shingles shot no issues . The second shot on the other hand weeks later I get sharp painful pain around the injection area quite often. Sleeping on that arm is painful . Movement and strength of arm is not the same. I would not recommend getting this vaccine

  • LMarch 28, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Three months out after 2nd Shingrix dose, I am still aching all over, blisters on gums and in eye that just appeared. Side of my face is purple and swollen with pain traveling through sinuses and ear on same side. What a mistake to take this vaccine. (I had the COVID vaccines with only a sore arm.)

  • PeggyMarch 21, 2022 at 6:40 am

    I received the first vaccination shot for shingles on 3/17/22. About 5 hours l started developing a sore arm. The next my symptoms were headache, severe chills to the bone body aches, extremely tired and swollen, red and hot-to-touch arm at injection site. The majority of symtoms lasted over 24 hrs. 4 days later, I still have the headache and my arm is still very swollen, red, hot to the touch a[Show More]I received the first vaccination shot for shingles on 3/17/22. About 5 hours l started developing a sore arm. The next my symptoms were headache, severe chills to the bone body aches, extremely tired and swollen, red and hot-to-touch arm at injection site. The majority of symtoms lasted over 24 hrs. 4 days later, I still have the headache and my arm is still very swollen, red, hot to the touch and very painful. I already have tinnitus but I have noticed it has gotten much louder. I wouldn't have thought anything of it except reading some of the other comments. I am definitely calling my doctor when they open.

  • BethMarch 19, 2022 at 2:41 am

    I got my first vaccine 4 months ago. No problem except for bad pain during the injection and later a sore arm. 2nd shot last week and it kicked my ass. I was so sore I couldn’t walk , for two days plus I had chills and I’ve never been so tired. It has been 5 days now and now the itching is nonstop. My entire arm top to bottom is the worst itching! I would never recommend this vaccine to anyo[Show More]I got my first vaccine 4 months ago. No problem except for bad pain during the injection and later a sore arm. 2nd shot last week and it kicked my ass. I was so sore I couldn’t walk , for two days plus I had chills and I’ve never been so tired. It has been 5 days now and now the itching is nonstop. My entire arm top to bottom is the worst itching! I would never recommend this vaccine to anyone.

  • KarenMarch 15, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Had my first Shingrix vaccination February 2022 and now Mid March and I have had a persistent headache with neck pain since which is over a month. I wish I had not taken this vaccination and will not be getting the second dose.

  • LoriMarch 8, 2022 at 10:06 am

    I have chronic Shingles and believe the Shingles shots have made the disease worse for the unvaccinated. Of course the CDC and co globally have decided we are all lab rats. Trust the science!

  • debFebruary 24, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    I am 57 and got both Shingrix shots and have gotten shingles 3 times since I got the shots which were not even 3 months afterwards. This is totally uncalled for. I am already tired of calling doctors to get the pills to take and then within 2 months another break out in the same exact spots. Why getting the shot if I am still getting the shingle's. There has to be a solution for all of this me[Show More]I am 57 and got both Shingrix shots and have gotten shingles 3 times since I got the shots which were not even 3 months afterwards. This is totally uncalled for. I am already tired of calling doctors to get the pills to take and then within 2 months another break out in the same exact spots. Why getting the shot if I am still getting the shingle's. There has to be a solution for all of this mess for everyone.

  • YasFebruary 23, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    I got the first shot for Shingles about 4 days ago. The first day I only experienced a bit of soreness at the injection site. The next day it was a bit worst but I noticed that I started to sneeze quite often in the morning. But the evening I had to take a Benadryl. The redness was there but I read that was normal. The third day I was sneezing a lot off day and my nose was extremely runny. It [Show More]I got the first shot for Shingles about 4 days ago. The first day I only experienced a bit of soreness at the injection site. The next day it was a bit worst but I noticed that I started to sneeze quite often in the morning. But the evening I had to take a Benadryl. The redness was there but I read that was normal. The third day I was sneezing a lot off day and my nose was extremely runny. It was as if I was having a real bad seasonal allergy attack. My upper arm got red and swollen and area grew further down the arm and itched like there was no tomorrow. A searched online to see if it was common to get a localized allergy reaction and no where have I been able to find the answer. I went to one pharmacy and the pharmacist told me that it is not normal, but to go back and talk to the pharmacist where I got the shot so that they could over my meds to see if there was an interaction to any other meds I've been using. I did that and I had a phot of all the meds I have been using, including supplement and the pharmacist told me that none of them are an issue. He examined my arm and told me that he had never seen anything like it. He said that he did not believe that it was from the vaccine because if it was from it, it would cause an allergic reaction in other parts of the body. He thought that me be the latex gloves might had caused a reaction. The problem is that I am sure that the pharmacist that injected me did not use latex gloves. Plus I am not allergic to latex. I don't have redness everywhere, but I have been itching all over, specially my legs and back a lot more than normal. The fourth day my sneezing and runny nose got a bit better, but my arm hurt just as bad and the itching is was excruciating. With more than normal itching on my legs and back. I kept taking the Benadryl tablets and applying Cortisone 10 with not much effect on the itching. Today is early morning on the fifth day and the itching woke me up three times through the night. The pain is still there and the runny nose is back and I am starting to sneeze a lot again. Arm itch and body itch the same. This is extremely annoying and troublesome. I feel that it was a mistake getting that shot. I relied on medical information and websites, including from an article in Medscape by a "CDC Shingles expert." Even though the pharmacist said that he didn't think that it was vaccine related, there is no it could not be. I am having the issues only in the arm where ai got the shot and it starts from the area where I got the shot downward. Seriously, how could it not be related. I've never had this in my life from any other vaccine. Not even the flu shot I got back at the end of November 2021. There is no way in hell that I am getting the second shot. The Govt really need to take a hard look at this medication and soon. Hell, who am I kidding, the FDA is part of big pharma. An agency ran by big pharma executives.

  • RobinFebruary 12, 2022 at 10:42 am

    I am 59y/o and got the Shingles shot. The First Shot NO Side Effects or Problem’s at all. I got the 2nd shot 5 month later and OMG the Felt like I was getting Stabbed with a Spike. By that Evening I was experiencing awful pain. Within 2 days Severe Muscle Pain in the Injected Arm and Joint Pain Set into the Shoulder to the point I could barely lift my arm. . It has now been approx 2 months and Th[Show More]I am 59y/o and got the Shingles shot. The First Shot NO Side Effects or Problem’s at all. I got the 2nd shot 5 month later and OMG the Felt like I was getting Stabbed with a Spike. By that Evening I was experiencing awful pain. Within 2 days Severe Muscle Pain in the Injected Arm and Joint Pain Set into the Shoulder to the point I could barely lift my arm. . It has now been approx 2 months and The Injected Arm still has Extensive Muscle and Joint Pain. I continue to have Major difficulties lifting my arm. I continue to ice and stretch the affected arm however, it hadn’t helped.

  • PriscillsJanuary 31, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Had shot 3 days ago. Fever and drenched in sweat 2 nights. Other issues are weakness, fatigue, joint pain, diarrhea, loss of taste, stomach pain, swelling and redness at shot sight. I will not be taking the second shot. It only confirmed my decision not to ever have flu shots or the Covid booster as the right decision.

  • NinaJanuary 28, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Received my first shingrix shot Jan 25, 2022, sore arm the first two days, then on 3rd day saw blisters under my nose... Went to urgent care and doc said it's Shingles! Now my eyes are burning and face too. Doc put me on valacyclovir 3x day 1000mg for 7 days, but I am scared to death that it will become what I have seen on pictures. Never had shingles before. Was it this vaccine?

  • TonyJanuary 17, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Received the shingles shot in the afternoon and at 4am i was awakened in massive pain in the arm and shoulder that the shot was given in. After approximately three weeks the pain subsided but I have nerve loss in my right arm and my finger and thumb. Also have loss of strength in my shoulders.

  • PaulaNovember 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    I am a 52 year old female. I had first shingles shot 10/21. Experienced flu like symptoms next day barely made it through work. On third day I couldn't walk well. Severe knee pain that's only gotten worse over the last month and is now in both legs. I'm frightened the pain will never go away. Go to orthopedic dr this week. But all this happened after shot. I do t want the second shot now. Wish ai[Show More]I am a 52 year old female. I had first shingles shot 10/21. Experienced flu like symptoms next day barely made it through work. On third day I couldn't walk well. Severe knee pain that's only gotten worse over the last month and is now in both legs. I'm frightened the pain will never go away. Go to orthopedic dr this week. But all this happened after shot. I do t want the second shot now. Wish ai researched it more. I'm miserable every day.

  • PattyOctober 31, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Had my first vaccine on 10/27. I’m 54 super healthily. I walk every day 10,000 steps. I’m very active! Bike, paddle board, I never stay still and I work full time. However after the first shot two days later I couldn’t walk. I woke up in horrible pain. My left leg, hip and foot were in excruciating pain a 10. It’s 4 days later and the only change is the pain is now a 5. Dr ordered me a predn[Show More]Had my first vaccine on 10/27. I’m 54 super healthily. I walk every day 10,000 steps. I’m very active! Bike, paddle board, I never stay still and I work full time. However after the first shot two days later I couldn’t walk. I woke up in horrible pain. My left leg, hip and foot were in excruciating pain a 10. It’s 4 days later and the only change is the pain is now a 5. Dr ordered me a prednisone pack 2 days later. My foot and calf is completely numb too. If I move the wrong way there’s a stabbing knife in my lower spine area. I’m scared. At the moment I can’t work, self employed cosmetologist. Going to dr Monday hoping we can figure this out. This is definitely from the shingles vaccine. There’s no way it’s not. It interacted with something in my body. No more vaccines for me I’m done. I pray this gets better because it’s only 4 day in and I’m depressed I’m bed ridden and in pain.

  • MikeSeptember 19, 2021 at 2:39 am

    I got the first dose of Shingrix the last week of December 2020. My ears began ringing in January, but I did not make the connection at the time. The day after receiving the second dose in late June, the ringing got much louder and hasn't let up. It's the same pitch and volume in both ears.

  • GlennSeptember 13, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Took the second shingrix shot on 6/22/21 about 4 to 5 hours later I had loud tinnitus where I didn't have tinnitus before. June and July were horrible. Ear Nose and Throat doctor said they are seeing tinnitus cases with the covid19 vaccine but it should go away but no guarantees. I'm going to be much more discerning about taking vaccines in the future. I wasn't even going to the Dr's office fo[Show More]Took the second shingrix shot on 6/22/21 about 4 to 5 hours later I had loud tinnitus where I didn't have tinnitus before. June and July were horrible. Ear Nose and Throat doctor said they are seeing tinnitus cases with the covid19 vaccine but it should go away but no guarantees. I'm going to be much more discerning about taking vaccines in the future. I wasn't even going to the Dr's office for vaccines but rather high blood pressure. The office began pushing extras like tetanus and Shingrix which I didn't need. I should have said no.

  • M.September 4, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I had my second Shingrix shot months ago in June. The first shot was ok the second I had chills and fever, stayed in bed. Before this second shot I was healthy, very very physically active and had good energy. Now I am tired, fatigued all the time! Trouble getting out of bed, very tired after Normal tasks and foggy brain. Its been weeks and weeks and I still cannot get over this fatigue. Its broug[Show More]I had my second Shingrix shot months ago in June. The first shot was ok the second I had chills and fever, stayed in bed. Before this second shot I was healthy, very very physically active and had good energy. Now I am tired, fatigued all the time! Trouble getting out of bed, very tired after Normal tasks and foggy brain. Its been weeks and weeks and I still cannot get over this fatigue. Its brought on feelings of depression. Its like the second vaccine changed everything in my life. I wish I had stopped with the first vaccine! Very sorry I did this, whatever it is, to my body.

  • LeslieJuly 30, 2021 at 5:40 am

    Got dose 2 in November. Ever since, I’ve had pain in that shoulder and extreme fatigue. My doctor only said it’s a robust reaction so I shouldn’t get shingles. 8 months later and I’m not being taken seriously so I contacted VAERS about it. Wont be getting any other vaccines

  • LanaJuly 25, 2021 at 12:48 am

    I got my first Shringrix shot and with in 6 hours my eye burned and watered so bad I could not see went to the eye dr and turns out I had shingles in my eye successfully treated in for 3 weeks thought I was ok and then my eye started burning went back to eye dr and now I have to be on a low dose oral pill for life to keep it from flaring up. for sure not getting 2nd shot

  • DonnaJuly 12, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Reduce potency; too many side effects. I developed slight case of shingles. I used advil and benadryl and thank God it cleared up.

  • RebeccaJune 22, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    I received the 2nd dose of Shingrix 1/17/20. The following day I began to feel lethargic, achy, and had brain fog. My condition deteriorated over the next few weeks with presentation of additional problems: sore throat, burning eyes, chills, headache, upset stomach, debilitating fatigue. I was out of work for 2 months and then only able to work a few hours from home due to the fatigue and headache[Show More]I received the 2nd dose of Shingrix 1/17/20. The following day I began to feel lethargic, achy, and had brain fog. My condition deteriorated over the next few weeks with presentation of additional problems: sore throat, burning eyes, chills, headache, upset stomach, debilitating fatigue. I was out of work for 2 months and then only able to work a few hours from home due to the fatigue and headache. I have seen many doctors anc have undergone multiple procedures and blood tests. There has been no diagnosis given though many illnesses have been considered. As of June 2021, I am still only able to work a few hours a day. I have fatigue and a headache every day. Before receiving the 2nd dose, I worked 8-10 hours a day and maintained an active social life. There is no other explanation than the vaccine has caused this.

  • MattApril 25, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Got the Shringrix vaccine last Wednesday. A few hours later I had to come home from work. Fever 100-101, chills, body pain, severe migraine. It’s been 4 days and nothing has changed. I’m going back to the doctor tomorrow.

  • MattApril 24, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Got the first Shringrix shot last Wednesday (today is Saturday). That night fever of 101, chills, extreme leg, back, knee and shoulder pain. Seemed to get a little better over a couple of days but today the fever and muscle cramps and pain are epic. Will this ever end or is this my fate? I won’t be getting shot #2.

  • KarenApril 3, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    I got my first Shingrix shot in April of 2019. Because of the body aches and pains and unbelievable fatigue afterwards I dreaded getting the 2nd shot which I should never have done but bit the bullet anyway. The 2nd shot put me over the edge and I basically had all the side effects listed including a severe rash, fever, chills, headache, body aches and pains and fatigue which I am still battling. [Show More]I got my first Shingrix shot in April of 2019. Because of the body aches and pains and unbelievable fatigue afterwards I dreaded getting the 2nd shot which I should never have done but bit the bullet anyway. The 2nd shot put me over the edge and I basically had all the side effects listed including a severe rash, fever, chills, headache, body aches and pains and fatigue which I am still battling. Within a few weeks after that last shot my health started to deteriorate. I have never experienced anything like it before....Myalgia, foggy brain, pain down my neck and jaw. I had a CT scan thinking.....do I have a brain tumor? No one could figure it out. I went to a chiropractor which gave me some relief. A few weeks ago I went to a Health/Nutritionist and they did muscle testing on me. I was diagnosed with inflammation in my brain. Particularly my cerebellum. After studying many articles on vaccinations and the side effects of chemicals added to vaccinations, I realized that there was something in the Shingrix I was allergic to and it has affected my entire life. Apparently, some people cannot release chemicals in these vaccinations and this causes chronic inflammation. The reason why some tolerate vaccines and others cannot. I am taking nutritional supplements to help detox my body. Not sure if I will ever have the mobility I had before.

  • DeniseMarch 25, 2021 at 1:31 am

    I received 1st shingrix 10/31/20 - only had a sore arm for 5 days. Recurved my 2nd 2 days ago and got every side effect listed starting 10 hours later. This morning my temp was still 101 and I have severe Left knee pain making it difficult to walk. Tonight fever is still 100, no appetite but biggest concern is the body pains. I have never felt like this before and certainly didn’t expect it.

  • BFebruary 28, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Got my second shingles shot on 12 28 2020 one week later I developed tinnitus in my left ear and began having soreness in my right hip... I used to walk 2 to 3 miles a day without any pain and good health now I reduce my walking to about a quarter mile with pain and soreness... neither the tinnitus or the hip pain have gone away as of 3/1/2021... an x-ray was negative

  • JeffFebruary 16, 2021 at 3:12 am

    1/8/2021 first Shingrix vaccination. 1/10/2021 flu sx with severe left knee pain. Left knee progressed to 9/10 pain and immobility. Unable to bear weight on left leg when walking. Reduced to using walker, assistive devices, and needing help with all ADLs. Went to Urgent Care and the PA refused to even acknowledge this could be even a “rare” side effect to Shingix even though X-ray of left knee w[Show More]1/8/2021 first Shingrix vaccination. 1/10/2021 flu sx with severe left knee pain. Left knee progressed to 9/10 pain and immobility. Unable to bear weight on left leg when walking. Reduced to using walker, assistive devices, and needing help with all ADLs. Went to Urgent Care and the PA refused to even acknowledge this could be even a “rare” side effect to Shingix even though X-ray of left knee was negative. Later to ER and all the health care providers almost laughed it off that it could even be a Shingrix side effect. They also would cut the conversation short when I addressed it in clinical terms. X-rays were negative and they refused to do a MRI or aspirate my knee for more testing. They said go see an Ortho MD. Went to Ortho MD. They also refused to acknowledge this pain and dysfunction could be caused by the Shingrix vaccination even after X-ray of left knee and back were negative and MRI of left knee negative. The ortho MD only said I cannot help you even though my left knee pain was still present with dysfunction still on 2/10/2021. As of 2/15/21, remaining left knee pain at 6/10 and can only walk with a walker. Oh and by the way, I am a licensed Physical Therapist that was INDEPENDENT WITH ALL MOBILITY WITHOUT ASSISTIVE DEVICES AND INDEPENDENT WITH ALL BASIC ADLs and INSTRUMENTAL ADLs. I am still reduced to needing a walker to walk with partial weight bearing and need my wife’s assistance with ADLs!!! May all healthy humans be cautious about getting the Shingrix vaccination. I wish I would have done more research about the horrible vaccination that is being given in the current USA DEATHCARE SYSTEM!!!

  • ScottJanuary 13, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    I had the first Shingrex injection in September along with my flu shot. No problems, whatsoever. I had the second Shingrex injection on Monday of this week. That evening I felt lethargic, went to bed and woke up freezing cold. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced where I literally piled blanket on top to get some semblance of warmth. I developed severe hip pain and arm pain at the in[Show More]I had the first Shingrex injection in September along with my flu shot. No problems, whatsoever. I had the second Shingrex injection on Monday of this week. That evening I felt lethargic, went to bed and woke up freezing cold. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced where I literally piled blanket on top to get some semblance of warmth. I developed severe hip pain and arm pain at the injection site and felt terrible for a day. On Tuesday afternoon I took some Aleve and Chlorzoxazone to relieve the symptoms, which helped a lot. Today, I feel almost back to normal.

  • LeslieJanuary 8, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    After the first shingles injection, I had flu like symptoms for 4-5 days. Severe Body aches,headache, chills. I was prepped for some interaction after the second injection, but was not prepared for symptoms to last two weeks! I had all of the above, plus floaters in my eyes and a foggy brain. I normally play tennis three times a week!

  • HosseinNovember 30, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Had my shingle and flu shot at the same time at a pharmacy around a week ago within hours I had a low grade headache and rather sever bodyach that has persisted.

  • DonnaNovember 28, 2020 at 1:14 am

    Right knee pain cant bear weight difficult walking . Muscle weakness. Scheduled for MRi of R knee. This all started after the first vaccine 9/16/2020 . Had the second round 11/18/2020 leg and knee hurts really bad along with feeling muscle weakness throughout my body. Wish I had of read the review prior to taking the vaccine, Arm is still sore as well.

  • kenNovember 1, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    I had my first injection of Shingrix vaccine this past Friday Oct 30th 2020 in my right arm and experience the next day severe left shoulder and pectoral muscle pain. Debilitating type pain and I work in a healthcare facility and we are already dealing with pandemic issues. I don't think I will get a second shot.

  • BrendaApril 14, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    After the initial shot, I had severe pain in the area of the injection, hot, red swollen arm. So painful I could barely move my arm and couldn't sleep. Extreme fatigue and flulike symptoms. Lasted for 2 weeks. Seriously considered not getting the 2nd shot, and I wish I hadn't. The week after the second shot I developed shingles in my left hip. It crept up my left side, then across my back, t[Show More]After the initial shot, I had severe pain in the area of the injection, hot, red swollen arm. So painful I could barely move my arm and couldn't sleep. Extreme fatigue and flulike symptoms. Lasted for 2 weeks. Seriously considered not getting the 2nd shot, and I wish I hadn't. The week after the second shot I developed shingles in my left hip. It crept up my left side, then across my back, then my other side. I have had itching and burning in various areas for the past year. I thought I had finally shaken it, but then my Mom went into hospice care and passed a away. The stress and lack of sleep appears to have triggered the shingles again.

  • MaureenFebruary 13, 2020 at 1:23 am

    I received the first injection of Shingrix on 11/1/ 2019. I was fine, with no adverse effects. I received the 2nd dose of Shingrix on 12/31/19. Five days later I came dow with a sever case of shingles, which to date (2/12/20) I have not yet recovered from. I experienced excruciating burning and sharp shooting pains. I am still taking a non-opioid prescription for the pain, which does not do much f[Show More]I received the first injection of Shingrix on 11/1/ 2019. I was fine, with no adverse effects. I received the 2nd dose of Shingrix on 12/31/19. Five days later I came dow with a sever case of shingles, which to date (2/12/20) I have not yet recovered from. I experienced excruciating burning and sharp shooting pains. I am still taking a non-opioid prescription for the pain, which does not do much for the pain. I just want to get this pit and warn people that there can be serious side effects from this vaccine.

  • CathyFebruary 11, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Very similar to Randi -- Immediate pain at injuction site (saw stars). I think it was given in my bursa. Two weeks later visited ortho surgeon for shoulder pain and he said my shoulder was full of inflammation. He sent me to physical therapy. Overall body pain increased where I had to crawl up stairs in pain. Tenderness and muscle pain throughout body. Went to PCP thinking I had Fibromyalgi[Show More]Very similar to Randi -- Immediate pain at injuction site (saw stars). I think it was given in my bursa. Two weeks later visited ortho surgeon for shoulder pain and he said my shoulder was full of inflammation. He sent me to physical therapy. Overall body pain increased where I had to crawl up stairs in pain. Tenderness and muscle pain throughout body. Went to PCP thinking I had Fibromyalgia. She said this is from the SHINGRIX vaccine unfortunately. She had one patient that was in severe pain for 4 months after the SHINGRIX vaccine. She prescribed 7 days of steroids, with Advil thereafter. 5 days on steroids and the pain has subsided. However, had to visit ortho again for a cortisone shot in my shoulder for limited range of motion. I am an Ironman, and this has been very painful and psychologically debilitating to deal with. Had to stop daily exercise classes due to severe muscle pain. The doctor said DO NOT take the second shot---like that was even on my radar screen.

  • DaveJanuary 20, 2020 at 12:02 am

    I have had pain and weakness of my left shoulder, where is received the vaccinations. It has gotten worse since the booster with measurable weakness in my left shoulder compared to my right shoulder. I occasionally have neck and back pain on my left side too. I haven’t sustained any left shoulder injuries. The only thing I’ve done is get this vaccine.

  • MARIEOctober 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    FOLLOWING THE FIRST SHINGRIX INJECTION I EXPERIENCED LARGE HARD HOT PAINFUL SWELLING AT THE INJECTION SITE WHICH LASTED FOR OVER 2 WEEKS. PERHAPS UNRELATED BUT OF NOTE - I EXPERIENCED FLOATERS IN ONE EYE. THE INJECTION SITE SWELLING HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED. I ALSO SAW AN OPTHAMOLOGIST WHO EXAMINED THE EYE AND DETERMINED THAT IT WAS EITHER EARLY MACULAR OR GLAUCOMA...ADDITIONAL TESTS WERE ORDERED. [Show More]FOLLOWING THE FIRST SHINGRIX INJECTION I EXPERIENCED LARGE HARD HOT PAINFUL SWELLING AT THE INJECTION SITE WHICH LASTED FOR OVER 2 WEEKS. PERHAPS UNRELATED BUT OF NOTE - I EXPERIENCED FLOATERS IN ONE EYE. THE INJECTION SITE SWELLING HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED. I ALSO SAW AN OPTHAMOLOGIST WHO EXAMINED THE EYE AND DETERMINED THAT IT WAS EITHER EARLY MACULAR OR GLAUCOMA...ADDITIONAL TESTS WERE ORDERED. I BRING THIS UP ONLY BECAUSE OF THE TIMING OF THE SHOT AND THE OTHER ADVERSE REACTION TO THE SHOT. PRIOR TO THIS MY EYE HEALTHY WAS GOOD. PERHAPS AS MENTIONED - UNRELATED BUT WORTHY OF STUDY.

  • Randie KOctober 1, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Shingrix Vaccination July 5, 2019. First 2 days flu like symptoms and whole muscles frozen in pain. Now 3 months later still have difficulty walking and nearly impossible to go up stairs. Left hip & knee joints burn with extreme pain, no pain before vaccination now an 8 on a pain scale. Before vaccination right knee 3-4 on pain scale but now the pain is unnoticeable. Always been able to walk 1-3 m[Show More]Shingrix Vaccination July 5, 2019. First 2 days flu like symptoms and whole muscles frozen in pain. Now 3 months later still have difficulty walking and nearly impossible to go up stairs. Left hip & knee joints burn with extreme pain, no pain before vaccination now an 8 on a pain scale. Before vaccination right knee 3-4 on pain scale but now the pain is unnoticeable. Always been able to walk 1-3 miles with no problem. Since the Shingrix vaccination have difficulty walking. Sent an email to my doctor, was told it’s not the vaccination causing my problems. Will make an appointment with my doctor and request physical therapy.

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