[Question #6080] Shingles vaccine

18 months ago
I've had genital herpes type 2  for a little over 40 years and I rarely get any outbreaks. I am 64 years old and would like to get the shingles vaccine, Shingrix. Since shingles and herpes  are in the same family of viruses I would like to know if there are any contraindications for a person with herpes in terms of receiving this vaccine. I'm concerned that the vaccine could result in increased herpes outbreaks. I also would like to know if I'm more or less apt to get shingles because I have herpes.  I plan to ask my primary care physician but I thought that ASHA might be more knowledgeable on this subject. Thank you.
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
18 months ago
Great question!  You are NOT more likely to get shingles because you have genital herpes and you definitely want to get the vaccine.  And the vaccine will have no impact on the frequency of your recurrences.  The only precaution about this is if you are taking daily antiviral therapy you want to stop taking it five days ahead of the vaccine and do not restart until five days afterwards. 

Terri
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