Zoster Vaccine Live/Pneumovax
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Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Receiving these two vaccinations too closely together may prevent your immune system from reacting correctly to the zoster vaccine.
What might happen:
If you receive these vaccines within 4 weeks of each other, you zoster vaccine may not work as well.
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. You may need to reschedule your vaccination or repeat a vaccination in order to make sure it is effective.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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