The shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine — 5 Comments

  1. Please advise that your readers may want to receive the Shingles Vaccine, but their Primary Doctor will advise against it for them if they are immunosuppressed. This vaccine contains a “Live Virus” which could be very dangerous for them.

  2. Please include a warning to all people wanting the Herpes Vaccine that it contains a “live virus” . This means that all people who are immunosuppressed that there Primary Care Doctor will strongly advise them that this vaccine is potentially dangerous for them.

    • Yes, the shingles vaccine contains live (very weak) virus and is not recommended for anyone with a weakened immune system. It is standard procedure to fill out a health questionnaire beforehand to reduce any risks associated with this or any vaccine. Thanks for the comment, FN

    • Hi Ann, thanks for the comment. Most people I know (other than my brother who had shingles in his 20s!) developed shingles well into their 70s and 80s. But anyone age 50-59 who is willing to pay out of pocket or has insurance that covers the vaccine should considering getting it. FN