A 62-year-old female asked:
i am 62 and was diagnosed with ms in 1990 is it safe to get the shingles shot? i heard it's a live virus isn't that risky for me?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Bennett Machanic answered
51 years experience Neurology
Complex: The live virus becomes a major issue in those patients who receive immunosuppressive or modulating agents for their ms, as one could fear a viral mutation with a severe infection, but, if you do not take an ms disease modifying agent, you would have same outcomes as those without ms. All in all, a dead virus is preferable, but not always the only choice, as meds can be held for 3-4 wks if vital.
Answered on Nov 28, 2013
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