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Who should not get the shingles vaccine?

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You shouldn’t get the shingles vaccine if:

  • You have a weakened immune system.
  • You're getting cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy.
  • You've had cancer in your bone marrow or lymph system, such as leukemia or lymphoma.
  • You have untreated, active tuberculosis.
  • You're allergic to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other ingredient of the shingles vaccine.
  • You’re pregnant. Women should not become pregnant until at least 3 months after getting the shingles vaccine.

From: Shingles Vaccine: Should I Get It? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination," "Herpes Zoster -- Vaccine Q&As for Providers (Shingles)."

FDA: "FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older American's Risk of Shingles."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

MedicineNet: A Painful Rash: Is It Shingles?

Oxman, M. , 2005. The New England Journal of Medicine

Medicare.gov: "Shingles shot."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 28, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: "Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination," "Herpes Zoster -- Vaccine Q&As for Providers (Shingles)."

FDA: "FDA Licenses New Vaccine to Reduce Older American's Risk of Shingles."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

MedicineNet: A Painful Rash: Is It Shingles?

Oxman, M. , 2005. The New England Journal of Medicine

Medicare.gov: "Shingles shot."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 28, 2019

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