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Does the coronavirus vaccine cause painful shingles? Different opinions about possible side effects circulate in professional circles. However, new data argues against a connection.

Bremen – Many doctors have pointed out the frequent cases of shingles after vaccination against the coronavirus. They noticed that not only did many of their patients develop a skin disease known as shingles after vaccination, but that they were also remarkably young. Normally, people do not get sick until they are older. Recently, however, cases of shingles have been increasing in younger people, so they too should be aware of the warning signs.

Shingles as a side effect of coronavirus vaccination: a remarkable number of younger patients

According to dermatologist Esther Freeman of Harvard Medical School, patients were on average 46 years old at the last time, as she reported in a professional journal. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology he wrote Other scientists also suspected that vaccination was to blame. As a result, many people are increasingly concerned that they may develop shingles as a side effect of vaccination. Many indications also suggested that there was no link between vaccination and skin disease.

Whether the coronavirus vaccine triggers shingles is scientifically controversial. A study now denies the link. © Sebastian Kahnert/dpa/dpa-tmn

All clear: New study sees no link between Covid vaccination and shingles

A new study by University of California now also makes everything clear. The team around doctor Nisha Acharya concludes that vaccination does not result in an increased risk of shingles. The medical data of approximately two million US citizens were evaluated for the analysis. The aim was to get an overview of how often people went to the doctor for shingles in the first month after the Covid vaccination. Result: as often as usual.

Can the coronavirus vaccine cause shingles? The expert sees no connection

Even experts in this country don’t think the vaccination will cause shingles. “I don’t see any causal link,” says Hartmut Hengel, head of the consulting laboratory for varicella-zoster viruses at the Institute of Virology of the University Hospital Freiburg. Süddeutsche Zeitung.

According to experts, the cause of shingles is a weakened immune system – like a coronavirus infection

Shingles is caused by the causative agent of chicken pox, varicella zoster. Most adults carry the virus because it remains in the body for life. In nerve cells, ganglia, it “hibernates” so to speak and strikes mostly when the immune system is weakened. This is the case for elderly people or people who are immunocompromised due to cancer treatment. If the pathogens are awakened, they migrate along the nerve pathways to the skin, where they cause an unpleasant rash.

In medical circles, many believe that the disease is more likely to be caused by the coronavirus than by the vaccination. Because Covid disease is extremely demanding on the immune system and therefore has many long-term consequences such as long Covid, brain fog or fatigue syndrome. A study from the US was able to prove that a coronavirus infection actually increases the risk of shingles.

No increased risk of shingles according to Paul Ehrlich Institute study

The Paul Ehrlich Institute, which is responsible for approving vaccines and drugs, conducted its own study to investigate this question. She came to the conclusion that there is no increased risk of shingles in Germany either in connection with vaccination against the coronavirus. Even if the topic has been repeatedly discussed publicly since the beginning of the pandemic.

In theory, according to experts, vaccination could be a wake-up call for the causative agent of chicken pox

Henri-Jacques Delecluse, who works on herpes viruses at the German Cancer Research Center, explains v Süddeutsche Zeitungthat shingles can occur even in people with an intact immune system if the causative agent of chicken pox is brought to life by a stimulus. Theoretically, this stimulus could also come from corona vaccination, since the vaccine activates immune cells through certain receptors that also play a role in the reactivation of varicella-zoster viruses. If the link were to be confirmed, shingles would still be a very rare side effect, the expert points out.

In any case, it’s worth getting the shingles vaccine for people age 60 and younger with a preexisting condition, such as diabetes or asthma, regardless of what the ultimate trigger is. Vaccinations are carried out by general practitioners and are covered by health insurance companies. If you notice symptoms of shingles, it is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as possible, because antiviral treatment should take place within the first 72 hours. In younger people, the disease is often a warning sign of a weakened immune system. Possible reasons for this could be other diseases that should be clarified medically or stress.

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