A study of people who received the shingles vaccine has found that it is safe and well tolerated, with an extremely low rate of side effects.
More than 99 percent of Americans over age 40 have had chicken pox and are therefore at risk for shingles, an acute and painful nerve inflammation that usually strikes older adults. In one study, the vaccine reduces the odds of an outbreak by 55 percent in people over age 60.
But although the vaccine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for people over age 50, fewer than 10 percent of them have been vaccinated…
Researchers studied medical records of 193,083 people age 50 and older, following them for six weeks after getting the vaccine. They found no increased risk for stroke, heart disease, heart attack, meningitis or encephalitis.
There was no increased risk for Bell’s palsy or Ramsay Hunt syndrome, possible complications of infection with herpes zoster, the virus that causes shingles and chicken pox. The most common side effect was swelling or redness at the site of the injection.
Which can happen with just about any injection – vaccination or otherwise.
I can heartily endorse the vaccine. I’ve had it in my system longer than most because I was part of the human trials for final FDA certification. And I’d be a cautious candidate for side effects like Bell’s Palsy – which has a history in my family on my father’s side.
Nary a problem.