Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus stays in your body and can later resurface as shingles – a painful blistering rash. Shingles is a painful, blistering rash that may result in scarring. The blisters can persist for several weeks in one part of the body. In some cases, the nerve pain from shingles can last for months or even years after the rash heals. It can cause long lasting nerve pain and other serious complications.
- has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other component of shingles vaccine. Tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies.
- has a weakened immune system because of current:
- AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system,
- treatment with drugs that affect the immune system, such as prolonged use of high-dose steroids,
- cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy,
- cancer affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system, such as leukemia or lymphoma.
- is pregnant, or might be pregnant. Women should not become pregnant until at least 4 weeks after getting shingles vaccine.
- Someone with a minor acute illness, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. But anyone with a moderate or severe acute illness should usually wait until they recover before getting the vaccine.
A vaccine, like any medicine, could possibly cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. However, the risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small.
No serious problems have been identified with shingles vaccine.
- · Redness, soreness, swelling, or itching at the site of the injection.
- · Headache.
Like all vaccines, shingles vaccine is being closely monitored for unusual or severe problems. For further queries, please contact us.