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Author Topic: Zostavax  (Read 3414 times)

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Offline bear60

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Zostavax
« on: December 11, 2010, 03:57:32 PM »
Well, I recently learned that everyone over 60 is supposed to have a Zostavax vaccine.  This supposedly will protect one against the dreaded shingles.
I just had the vaccine this afternoon at my local pharmacy.  30 dollar copay.
It occurs to me that there are a number of "older" individuals on here that might benefit from this information.
I'll keep you all posted if I have any side effects.

http://www.zostavax.com/index.html#navigation
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Offline edfu

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Re: Zostavax
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2010, 05:41:55 PM »
Bear, did you get this vaccine under a doctor's supervision or just a pharmacist's?

Zostavax is a live attenuated vaccine that is currently not yet recommended for those with AIDS or weakened immune systems from HIV infection.  Administration of the vaccine may result in disseminated disease in individuals who are immunosuppressed.  It is particularly not recommended for those who have had a CD4 nadir of less than 200.

ACTG 5247 (AIDS Clinical Trial Group) is currently studying the safety and tolerability of Zostavax in HIV-infected adults.  Until the completion of this study, I would not think it wise to promote this vaccine in HIV-positives.

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00851786
"No one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences."--Albert Camus, "The Plague"

"Mankind can never be free until the last brick in the last church falls on the head of the last priest."--Voltaire

Offline Billy B

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Re: Zostavax
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2010, 10:00:48 AM »
Well, I recently learned that everyone over 60 is supposed to have a Zostavax vaccine.  This supposedly will protect one against the dreaded shingles.
I just had the vaccine this afternoon at my local pharmacy.  30 dollar copay.
It occurs to me that there are a number of "older" individuals on here that might benefit from this information.
I'll keep you all posted if I have any side effects.

http://www.zostavax.com/index.html#navigation

Absolutely not! My IDS said NO to this vaccine as I had inquired about it because so many of my HIV- friends have had shingles.
Billy
VL 4420 CD4 340 CD4% 24   3/15/10 Started I&T
VL  UD   CD4 340 CD4% 26.5 05/13/10
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.1 08/3/10
VL  UD   CD4 310 CD4% 28.4 11/22/10
VL  UD   CD4 420 CD4% 27.9 02/11/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 26.4 06/08/11
VL  UD   CD4 360 CD4% 27.7 09/23/11
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.3 01/20/12
VL  UD   CD4 430 CD4% 28.8 05/11/12
VL  UD   CD4 370 CD4% 28.1 09/07/12
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Zostavax
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2010, 10:56:22 AM »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 12/10/14,  t-cells are at 350,  Previous 8/25/14--- 402/ Viral load remains <40

 Current % is at 13% / Previous 8/25/14 11%

  
 63 years young.

Offline bear60

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Re: Zostavax
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2010, 11:52:22 AM »
It was my doctor who prescribed the Zostavax.  
I am immune to Hep B and have had Hep c vaccine.
I have also had the pneumonia vaccine...Pneumovax

Didnt see anything about HIV individuals.  Done deal, no turning back now.
« Last Edit: December 12, 2010, 11:56:07 AM by bear60 »
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Offline bear60

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Re: Zostavax
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2010, 12:06:40 PM »
I am sure Edfu is correct.
Anyone with a tcell count below200 should NOT have this Zostavax vaccine.
This is a study being done:

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00851786
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline bear60

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Re: Zostavax
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2010, 02:06:37 PM »
Hey everybody.  Ok, its been about a week and I am happy to report no side effects from the Zostavax shot.  My doctor felt it a good addition to my immunizations, since I am at a point now where I can tolerate such stuff.
As a non-progressor,  I have never been on HIV medications.  Since 1989, when I was tested, my CD4 has remained at or above 500.  I am lucky that I have been able to tolerate all the flu vaccines as well as Tetnus, Pneumovax, Hep C vaccine, and Zostavax.
I realize this Zostavax is not for everyone, but condeming it is a little silly. A friend of mine who is 80 years old recently had an outbreak of shingles.  She is not HIV positive. 
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Zostavax
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2010, 05:11:58 PM »
Bear,

Glad to hear that all is going well,  And if the shot prevents you getting shingles somewhere down the road, that's a great thing.


Good luck---Ray 
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 12/10/14,  t-cells are at 350,  Previous 8/25/14--- 402/ Viral load remains <40

 Current % is at 13% / Previous 8/25/14 11%

  
 63 years young.

Offline edfu

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Re: Zostavax
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2010, 06:29:13 PM »
Bear,

I'm pleased things are going well for you.  I did not condemn Zostavax; shingles can be a serious problem for many.  However, I don't think it is "silly" at all to point out that it's an attenuated live vaccine, and as such it can be an even more serious problem for those with compromised immune systems.   If that were not so, the NIH and the manufacturer would not expressly state it is not recommended for the latter, and the NIH would not have established an ACTG expressly to study Zostavax's safety and efficacy amongst the HIV-positive.  I can assure you that I am in no way one of the anti-vaccines wack-a-doodles. 
"No one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences."--Albert Camus, "The Plague"

"Mankind can never be free until the last brick in the last church falls on the head of the last priest."--Voltaire

 


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