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Any problem taking the shingles vaccine?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Zostavax
Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) isn't recommended if you are allergic to gelatin or neomycin, are taking high doses of steroids or have a compromised immune system. Not recommended if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or if you will handling a newborn.
Possible side effects include injection site redness, swelling, itching, pain, heat or bruising. Headache may also occur.

In brief: Zostavax
Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) isn't recommended if you are allergic to gelatin or neomycin, are taking high doses of steroids or have a compromised immune system. Not recommended if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or if you will handling a newborn.
Possible side effects include injection site redness, swelling, itching, pain, heat or bruising. Headache may also occur.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Allison Greco
General Practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No problems
The shingles vaccine isrecommended for patients over age 50.
The vaccine does contain a weakened form of the zoster virus (the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles), so there is a risk of transmitting the virus to those with weakened immune systems. The vaccine decreases the risk of shingles by about 50%, & helps decrease the episodes of pain that remain after the shingle rash resolves.

In brief: No problems
The shingles vaccine isrecommended for patients over age 50.
The vaccine does contain a weakened form of the zoster virus (the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles), so there is a risk of transmitting the virus to those with weakened immune systems. The vaccine decreases the risk of shingles by about 50%, & helps decrease the episodes of pain that remain after the shingle rash resolves.
Allison Greco
Allison Greco
Answer assisted by Allison Greco, Medical Student
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Justin Fuehrer
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Not serious
There are sometimes small, localized side effects at the injection site such as redness, tenderness, swelling and potentially a headache.
Overall, it is a safe vaccine. But, you should not take it if you are allergic to any of its components or neomycin and gelatin. Also, those who are immunocompromised should not get the vaccine.

In brief: Not serious
There are sometimes small, localized side effects at the injection site such as redness, tenderness, swelling and potentially a headache.
Overall, it is a safe vaccine. But, you should not take it if you are allergic to any of its components or neomycin and gelatin. Also, those who are immunocompromised should not get the vaccine.
Justin Fuehrer
Justin Fuehrer
Answer assisted by Justin Fuehrer, Medical Student
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