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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to give herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active herpes zoster?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
Moot point: There is absolutely no rationale for giving the zoster vaccine to someone with ongoing active zoster.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It does not help cure the outbreak.
Jul 13, 2014

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can herpes zoster vaccine be given to an elderly with active zoster?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
No: No, someone with active zoster will not benefit from the herpes zoster vaccine, which is used for prevention, not treatment.
Last updated Jul 13, 2014

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