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Can a Flu shot lead to Shingles?

By Expert HERWriter October 11, 2008 - 9:42pm
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dear michelle, a 76 year old friend recently had a flu shot and developed a case of shingles. any connection? coincidental? thanxs so much


Has anyone ever heard of this or had this happen to them?


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On January 16 th I had the extra strong flu shot along with my husband. I am 69 and very healthy, hardly ever get sick 3 days after the shot I kinda of felt achie like I had over worked in the gym and I noticed a small rash spot on my bum. By Sunday it had spread along my bum and genital area.went to the doctor one week after the flu shot and yes sure enough I had the shingles. Makes me very Leary of getting a flu shot next year.

January 26, 2017 - 2:34pm
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Last year I had to have a new generator pak for my pacemaker/defib When I went in they asked me if I had a flu and pneumonia shot...I told them I had the pneumonia shot years ago and that I do not do flu shots. Well I had shingles about 6 days after the procedure. It is almost a year now and I am still having flair ups. It was terrible and I had to be on gaba for months...that was hell in itself. But what I have since found out is with Obama care, if you say you haven't had one, you are given one without your consent or knowledge. Your doctor isn't even aware. When they give you that form to sign for treatment, you need to write across it NO VACCINES before you sign it. I was 60 when I had this done, but I have a very good immune system and don't get sick. And that wasn't even the least bit stressful for me, so I know it didn't effect my immune system enough to get the shingles. Plus I am told they are giving "elderly" extra strength flu shots. UGH!

December 18, 2016 - 7:02pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Healthcare personnel do not give shots without your consent or knowledge. If they did so, it would not only mean licensure problems, it would also be assault and battery, which is a crime. And just because Barack Obama is 50% black, "Obamacare" wouldn't break the law in order to give someone an illegal procedure.

October 8, 2017 - 3:56pm
EmpowHER Guest

Eastern Ontario here. My Dad is still trying to get over shingles after he got them within a week of his flu shot in November. Then we find out through friends that two others also got shingles after their vaccines. My Dad had a shingles vaccine 2 - 3 years ago so thought he would not get shingles. Now the flu vaccine gave him shingles. He has never had shingles before.

December 18, 2016 - 2:27pm
EmpowHER Guest

Received the flu vaccine last Weds & 2 days later my back itched. A rash appeared a day later & was confirmed shingles. I'm a 24 yr old healthy individual so I DEFINITELY believe there's some type of connection between the 2. ( first time ever getting the flu shot & unfortunately shingles as well)

December 15, 2016 - 1:44am
EmpowHER Guest

just had a flu shot on December 1st . Developed severe pain for a week then on the 7th developed the shingles rash. I had the shingles vaccine in 2012. I had shingles almost 15 years ago but it was not nearly as severe as this. I do believe there is a relationship.

December 10, 2016 - 3:38pm
EmpowHER Guest

Late Nov 2015 my GP's PA talks me into getting a flu shot. I succumb (first flu shot ever). Within a few days, full blown Shingles (also first time). Spent a month in severe pain and on all manner or meds, topical creams etc. Never again will I get a flu shot. I just got the Shingles vaccine this week. Would rather have the flu than Shingles again.

November 22, 2016 - 8:18pm
EmpowHER Guest

I got the flu shot 3 years ago, and 2 days later, shingles. Horrible, for one month of extreme pain.

November 17, 2016 - 3:28pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am a 43 year old male and just received my flu shot this past Thursday. I started getting signs of shingles within about two days. Now I've got a full blown shingles rash going across my back and chest (and all the associated discomfort). I believe Occam's Razor would point to the flu shot as the most probably cause of my shingles.

November 16, 2016 - 4:09pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am a nurse, and have never gotten the flu shot. Last year the flu shot became mandatory for my job, and I had to wear a mask for 6 months. I could not endure that again, so I got the flu shot 2 weeks ago. I now have shingles. Funny how I suspected the connection and found this site!

November 14, 2016 - 10:19am
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