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Side Effects of the Shingles Vaccine

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with the shingles vaccine. However, not everyone who gets the vaccine will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of the shingles vaccine include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Injection site reactions, such as redness, pain, swelling, bruising, or itching
  • Headaches.
     
(Click Shingles Vaccine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 

Drug Interactions

The shingles vaccine can interact with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With the Shingles Vaccine).
 

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to getting the shingles vaccine if you:
 
  • Have a weakened immune system, caused by HIV, AIDS, cancer, or other problems
  • Have had a reaction to a vaccine in the past
  • Are allergic to neomycin or gelatin
  • Have an active tuberculosis infection
  • Have any other allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With the Shingles Vaccine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 
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