For anyone considering the shingles vaccine, this is a typical reaction below. My arm after 48 hours which is almost resolved by 4 days. Well worth it give the misery that can be induced by shingles itself. I recall when I used to practice as a locum pharmacist in Manchester, UK while doing my Ph.D. the frustration when people with shingles would come into the pharmacy asking if there was anything that could be done for them – they were in a lot of discomfort. Unfortunately we could not do much but suggest topical anesthetic cream and multivitamins – neither of which would really help, more of a placebo effect if anything.