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Experimental new vaccine may help in the fight against shingles

Published: May 04, 2015
  • Author: Gregory Curfman, MD,


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June 17, 2015

Dear Dr. Curfman,
Although having seen several friends suffer the effects of shingles, I have not gotten the Zostafax live virus vaccine because I am on the interferon Avonex for multiple sclerosis, and I feared it would cause a relapse with my ms as well my now controlled uveitis. Since the new vaccine HZ/su is not a live virus, I would be very interested in taking the vaccine.
Does anyone know when it would be available, and if would be an option for someone with my medical history?
Thank you for your assistance.

May 25, 2015

Dr . Curfman, Hello:

I’ve suffered from PHN Pain for over 3 years and there’s no letup. Are there any breakthroughs, any promising experimentations extant or on the horizon. I’m 83, am a diabetic but otherwise in good health.

I think my shingles came about as a result of the Cyberknife Radiation 4 years ago for my prostate cancer. I think the radiation knocked down my immune system. Since medical science has not yet confirmed any cure for post herpetic neuralgia, I have taken it upon myself to take foods and supplements that raise the immune system.

Does that make sense to you? Thanks for your answer and assistance….Ray

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