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Precautions and Warnings With the Shingles Vaccine

Who Should Not Get the Shingles Vaccine?

You should not get the shingles vaccine if you:
  • Are allergic to the shingles vaccine, Zostavax, or any inactive components used to make vaccine. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive components.
  • Are severely allergic to neomycin or gelatin. If you have had a skin reaction (such as hives) but no other allergic symptoms, it is okay for you to receive the shingles vaccine.
  • Have a weakened immune system, often due to cancer, HIV, AIDS, certain medications, or other immune disorders.
  • Are pregnant.

Shingles Vaccine Warnings and Precautions: Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which you should not get the shingles vaccine, along with several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before getting vaccinated. However, it is possible that not all the warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific warnings and precautions that may apply to you.
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