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StayStrongOk

Hello everyone. Hope you are doing fine.

This question is for people who have already taken COVID-19 vaccine shot (1/2/any dose).

1. Did you get your Herpes outbreak after you get the shot and you are convinced it was the vaccine that triggered it?

2. Which variant of the vaccine you took? (Pfizer / AstraZeneca / Sputnik / etc.)

3. Do you advice taking Herpes antiviral before getting the vaccine?

In my country it is encouraged to take the vaccine but not compulsary. I never noticed HSV outbreak on myself but tested positive with Igg HSV1. I am not wishing to start getting outbreaks. I know many people have HSV1 that would have taken the vaccine but I still want to hear the experience from people here. I have registered for the vaccine btw and hoping to continue my decision to proceed.

Thank you.

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Hello "StayStrong"..... I received both my shots of the COVID vaccine (each shot was 3 weeks apart)....I had second shot done the first week of March .... I received the Pfizer vaccine.... I did not have any HSV outbreak (I have HSV2) after either shot.  I continued taking my daily suppressive antiviral (famvir) before, during and after my shots as usual.    I have not heard or read any information saying the COVID vaccines can trigger an HSV outbreak.... let's see if others that may read this can provide their reactions (or lack of) following their vaccinations....

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7 hours ago, StayStrongOk said:

Hello everyone. Hope you are doing fine.

This question is for people who have already taken COVID-19 vaccine shot (1/2/any dose).

1. Did you get your Herpes outbreak after you get the shot and you are convinced it was the vaccine that triggered it?

2. Which variant of the vaccine you took? (Pfizer / AstraZeneca / Sputnik / etc.)

3. Do you advice taking Herpes antiviral before getting the vaccine?

In my country it is encouraged to take the vaccine but not compulsary. I never noticed HSV outbreak on myself but tested positive with Igg HSV1. I am not wishing to start getting outbreaks. I know many people have HSV1 that would have taken the vaccine but I still want to hear the experience from people here. I have registered for the vaccine btw and hoping to continue my decision to proceed.

Thank you.

 

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I have had my flu and Moderna shot and I have not had any outbreaks. It does not seem to agitate my GHSV2. I have had herps for more years than I can count. I do recommend getting vaccinated for yourself and others around you. Just my opinion.

Stay safe, Aces ;)

 

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IcantThinkofaName

I was also worried about the vax triggering an OB .

I got the first dose of Moderna and I did NOT have an OB or any HSV symptoms, not even a tingle or twinge. I am not on any suppressives either. My immunologist friend told me that, if anything,he thought  the Vax would ramp up ones immune system and that one would not get an OB because of that.

I did have mild symptoms from the vax though, some nausea/queezy feeling, and leg cramps and a general not well feeling,slept  12 hours, but again, all mild, nothing major. Sore arm at injection site, maybe mild to moderate.

 

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StayStrongOk

Hi @IcantThinkofaName, thanks for responding. Glad you didn't get an outbreak after the vax.

I think those you mentioned are regular side effects after taking the vaccine. Increased new immune activity in the body causes tiredness.

Anyone has taken the AstraZeneca vaccine? I might be getting this shot in my country.

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I first found out I was exposed to hsv2 in early January. I never had an outbreak that I knew of. I had my 1st moderna shot March 14 and my 1st hsv2 outbreak a couple days later.  it was very minor.  I took valtrex and it cleared in 3 or 4 days. I had my 2nd moderna shot April 14. I had a minor out break the next day. I took valtrex and was gone in 2 days. I  suppose it could be coincidence but...after my 2nd outbreak I strongly suspected a tie. I wouldn't let this affect my decision to get the vaccine. 

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