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How long do I need to be off humira (adalimumab) both before and after a shingles vaccination?

How long do I need to be off humira (adalimumab) both before and after a shingles vaccination?

One month: The manufacturer states to remain off Humira (adalimumab) and other tnf Alpha antagonists for one or more months after the discontinuation of these drugs before receiving the shingles vaccine. Ideally, this could be done one month or more before receiving the vaccine also. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Can the shingles vaccine be taken with humira (adalimumab)?

Can the shingles vaccine be taken with  humira (adalimumab)?

Not a good idea: The shingles vaccincation (known as zostervax) is a live virus, therefore you would run the risk of infection from the vaccination itself. Any medication in the class of drugs like Humira (adalimumab) would be a no-no to receiving the shingles vaccine. This is the official published guidelines from rheumatologists that just came out in early 2012. ...Read more

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Do you recommend zostrix (capsaicin) vaccination to ease shingles symptoms?

Do you recommend zostrix (capsaicin)  vaccination to ease shingles symptoms?

You mean zostavax?: zostrix (capsaicin) is a topical antipain medicine (capsacian). The zoster vaccine is recommended for individuals over 50 who have had chicken pox. I do rcommend it, but it isn't given for shingles symptoms but rather to prevent shingles outbreaks (or reactivation of chicken pox), remember it also is not a guarantee you won't get shingles ...Read more

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I had hairy cell luekemia 7 yrs. Ago. I am 62. Should i get a shingles vaccination?

I had hairy cell luekemia 7 yrs. Ago. I am 62. Should i get a shingles vaccination?

Yes: I am not sure how the two are related. None the less a shingles vaccination at your age is a good idea. ...Read more

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I had a mild case of shingles two years ago. Should I get shingles vaccinations?

No: Recent zoster is more effective than the shot. Shingles may occur a second time but this is uncommon. Consider getting a shot in about 15 years. There may be something better then. Shingles can occur at any age, but in normal people people it becomes common after age 60. The shot cuts the risk in half. ...Read more

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Can the shingles vaccination prevent shingles?

Yes: The shingles vaccine, zostavax, is available to adults in a particular age group. Zostavax helps prevent shingles, but is not completely protective. Some people can still get shingles even though they were vaccinated. Zostavax costs about $250 if not covered by insurance. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more