HI, I got my Shingrix doses last year. No problem first dose. The second made me feel somewhat ill for about 48h (colleague said: "you look like crap."). My wife got her first dose yesterday, now in bed with temp of 101.7F. These are common side effects of Shingrix. From the package insert:
the percentages of subjects aged 50 years and older reporting each solicited local adverse reaction and each solicited general adverse event following administration of SHINGRIX (both doses combined) were pain (78.0%), redness (38.1%), and swelling (25.9%); and myalgia (44.7%), fatigue (44.5%), headache (37.7%), shivering (26.8%), fever (20.5%), and gastrointestinal symptoms (17.3%), respectively
These stats are pretty high as vaccine side effects go. But given the 97.2% effectiveness and misery shingles can cause, it's still worth it.
Question: For patients with a unpleasant but not serious side effect with dose #1, what if anything would you suggest they do to minimize a similar reaction with dose #2?
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