Before You’re Down & Out, Get Shingles Vaccines

Before You’re Down & Out, Get Shingles Vaccines

Mar 04 2021

It’s been a rough couple of years for me on both a physical and mental level. I suspect that I am not alone in my struggle, as we are ALL reeling from the stress caused by the pandemic. This is the tale of how my stress-suppressed immune system triggered a case of shingles that nearly ruined my holiday.

In early spring 2019, I had a ski accident, tearing all the ligaments in my leg plus my knee. The accident led to months of physical therapy, a surgery and a long recovery period. As late fall arrived, it was time for my annual check-up, and so I hobbled in on my crutches and asked the provider (not my regular nurse practitioner) for a shingles vaccine. However, as flu season was coming he wisely recommended the flu vaccine and suggested I come back the next month for the shingles vaccine. He was not willing to co-administer the vaccines, much to my chagrin. I was frustrated because having been under a significant degree of physical stress, I had an inkling that I was about to become one of the 1 in 3 people who will experience a case of shingles.

Source: Shot of Prevention