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Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Receiving these two vaccinations too closely together may reduce your immune system's response to the zoster vaccine.
What might happen:
If you receive these vaccines at the same time, you zoster vaccine will still work, but it may not work quite as well as it would if you separate vaccine administration by at least 4 weeks.
What you should do about this interaction:
Make sure your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know about any vaccinations you have recently received. Discuss the timing of your vaccines with your healthcare provider.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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