Shingles vaccine

Shingles vaccine: Zostavax 

  • 60 years old and older – 1 time vaccine: Prevent Shingles and post-herpetic neurolagia
  • Recently had Shingles: Provide vaccine following resolution of rash
    • no specific time that you must wait after having shingles before receiving the shingles vaccine. The decision on when to get vaccinated should be made with your health care provider. Generally, a person should make sure that the shingles rash has disappeared before getting vaccinated.”

Some people should NOT get shingles vaccine.

  • A person who has ever had a life-threatening or severe allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of shingles vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.
  • A person who has a weakened immune system because of
    • HIV/AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system,
    • treatment with drugs that affect the immune system, such as steroids,
    • cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy,
    • cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system, such as leukemia or lymphoma.
  • Women who are or might be pregnant [NOT if HIV, chemotherapy, immunosuppressed – chronic steroids or immune-modulators]

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