Coronavirus Tales

I, on the other hand, got the vaccines last year and still managed to get Shingles this summer. It was no big deal and a 5 day course of anti-virals took care of it. Yay for the vaccine!

The vaccine chatter reminds me of something I read elsewhere online...

If it was Chicken Pox that showed up in 2019, we would currently have no idea that Shingles was a thing. Thinking about that, and about what we already know about Long COVID... think about how little we actually know about Long COVID...

Stealthpizza wrote:

I second this you do not want shingles. It was not a good time.

Still too young to get recommended the vaccine though...

Same here. My mom had it years back and it was awful, so I asked my doc about the vaccine but I'm too young. Seems weird but apparently no one will give it to you under 50

Stealthpizza wrote:

Still too young to get recommended the vaccine though...

I do not understand why 40-somethings can't get the shingles vaccine. I know where I'll be on my 50th birthday. Fingers crossed I don't need it before then.

I was curious if there's any route for under 50s to get the Shingles vax. Found this quote here

Anyone under 50 who’s not immunocompromised but is interested in the vaccine should talk to their doctor. Physicians may administer the vaccine “off-label” if they feel it is indicated. In this case, the vaccine is unlikely to be covered by insurance; expect to pay about $150 for each of the two doses.

I figure you might as well try. I got shingles in my late 30s and it f*ckin sucked.

My father-in-law is currently hospitalized due to shingles and may end up with permanent nerve damage. My wife and I will now definitely get the vaccine at 50. Wasn’t on my radar before.

Vargen wrote:

The vaccine chatter reminds me of something I read elsewhere online...

If it was Chicken Pox that showed up in 2019, we would currently have no idea that Shingles was a thing. Thinking about that, and about what we already know about Long COVID... think about how little we actually know about Long COVID...

Chicken pox is in the same family as herpes. Once you have it, you have it for life. When your immune system weakens, the virus can wake up and cause havoc until your immune system is able to fight back.

SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus so it is more like a cold. Once you get over it the virus is gone. While it is possible that the virus can do long term damage to the body, the damage it did will be evident pretty quickly. I don't think we will be seeing new COVID symptoms 30 years after infection. Though chances are everyone will be getting COVID once every two years for the rest of our lives.

Hank on why more younger people are getting Shingles now than in the past.

I got my new booster on 5 November, a day before leaving on a vendor conference in Barcelona for a week with 80 colleagues. Three of whom are now coming down with COVID, so I'm ever so slightly worried...

Best of luck to you dejanzie. I would go to a clinic and get a test rather than rely on home testing just to be on the safe side.

I got shingles when I was 29 or so. Thought I had bed bugs or something. Extremely painful, but happily it was easy to treat (and certainly easier to deal with than bed bugs).

If you can get Shingrix, do it.

Just FYI that shingles vaccine did pack a punch. Got the shot late in the day and was fine for the rest of that day. Next day I had about 4 hours of being awake before fatigue set in and was a zombie the rest of the day. Similar to the first covid shot I had. Even the next day I was tired at times but functional. The injection shot was also sore for a few days - more so than any covid shot I had.

Will also take the next day off for the next shot when that is time.

My spouse tested positive on Monday meaning Christmas plans are toast. Christmas is day 5 after testing positive and she could stay masked but she doesn't want to risk going to a family gathering. We can have a fine Christmas at home but the kids are going to be really bummed when I tell them we can't go to the grandparents.

Myself and our 2 kids have been testing negative on home tests so far and no new symptoms. They've had coughs and stuffy noses since Thanksgiving.

Sounds like our same situation. My wife tested positive and has been isolating upstairs for three days. My daughter and I are still negative. Such a sucky time of the year to finally catch it.