A Vaccine for Shingles?

Today I saw a sign in front of Walgreens that they are offering shingles vaccines.  Now if there is anything that says how ridiculous this whole vaccine issue has become, this is it.  The reason? Shingles is NOT an infectious disease that spreads from person to person like flu.

The virus that causes shingles is the same that causes chicken pox.  Chicken pox is the primary manifestation of exposure to the Varicella virus.  This virus is in the Herpes virus family.  A characteristic of Herpes viruses is that once you have them, you always have them.  You get a big infection, then the virus goes dormant in the the nerve roots of the spinal cord.  It can be dormant forever without ever showing itself again.  But every now and then it may manifest, like a cold sore which is a Herpes virus.  As I said, Chicken pox is the primary manifestation of the Varicella virus.  When you get over chicken pox, the virus did not go away, it went dormant in your nerve system.  Then 50 or 60 years later, you get stressed out and the virus grows again and you have shingles!  Shingles is adult chicken pox!  You could also say it is a form of a “cold sore” that shows up on the trunk of the body.  The thing is, and this is very important: YOU HAVE TO HAVE HAD CHICKEN POX TO GET SHINGLES LATER!  If you never had chicken pox, then you can’t get shingles until you get chicken pox.  Therefore, getting a shingles vaccine is a waste of time, let alone dangerous as all vaccines are!

But, you may say, then why not make sure all kids get the chicken pox vaccine? Because the vaccine does not work and is very, very dangerous.  From 1995 to 1999, there were 10,000 reports of adverse reactions to this vaccine, all involving nerve damage.  These reactions include: encepahlits (brain inflammation), inflammation of the spinal cord, Guillian-Barre syndrome, Bell’s Palsy, Cerebellar Ataxia (sudden loss of co-ordinated movement and speech), seizures, and Paresthesia.  Is this a chance you would want to take with your kids? Or yourself?

Shingles is certainly not a condiiton to wish on anyone, but don’t be fooled into thinking that there is a vaccine for it.  There isn’t.