Q:

5/9/2012
Is there any contraindication in giving the Zostavax vaccine to a patient that recently had shingles outbreak (approx 5 weeks ago)?

A:

Thank you for your inquiry.

From an allergic standpoint, there is no contraindication to the administration of Zoster vaccine to a person who has recently recovered from shingles. The general guideline for any vaccine administration is to wait until the acute stage of the illness is over and symptoms abate. If all manifestations of the shingles have subsided, then there is no contraindication to the administration of the vaccine.

As noted in the package insert for Zoster vaccine, "deferral should be considered in acute illness" (for example, in the presence of fever).

Thank you again for your inquiry and we hope this response is helpful to you.

Sincerely,
Phil Lieberman, M.D.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology