1. Dominic Baker Dominic Baker Australia says:


    I agree it is very early to make any claims about a causal link between the vaccine and shingles. I would like to point out that as a socially-minded person with a tertiary science education, I am completely pro-vaccination.

    In saying that, I received my first astrazeneca vaccine last thursday 12 August. I had various flue-like symptoms in the 24 hours after. In the last few days I have felt prickling and burning on the right side of my abdomen. Several times I tried to find the source, but it was only yesterday/today a rash was becoming visible. I also have a very sharp pain in my back, near where a secondary rash is appearing. I sent a photo to a doctor friend who said it looked like shingles. A trip to the GP confirmed, I have shingles.

    I believe in Science. Correlation does not imply causation, all that. But I felt my immunity getting knocked around after getting AZ vaccine and watched various symptoms develop post-vaccine.

    You will never convince me it was not a causal relationship. The vaccine triggered a reactivation of the varicella-zoster in my nervous tissue.

    Would I get the vaccine again if I had my time over? Probably. But I am only a couple of days into the shingles.

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