Can You Get Shingles In-Between Doses Of Shingrix?
Although your risk may be lessened, is possible to get shingles in-between doses of Shingrix.
Answered By: Dr. Brian Staiger Pharm.D
Dec 07, 2018
I had shingles in October 2017. I had the first Shingrix shot in October 2018. In December 2018. I have been diagnosed once again with shingles lesions on my back! I am taking anti-viral meds for the week. Why do I have shingles again? Should I get the second Shingrix dose in March as planned? What are my chances of again getting shingles?
At a glance
It is possible to experience an episode of shingles between dose one and two of the Shingrix vaccine. Although your risk is most likely decreased after your first shot, the incidence rate is unknown.
Studies show a significant immune response after the first dose of Shingrix and an ever greater response after dose two. However, it is unknown how much only one dose reduces the risk of shingles.
The second dose of Shingrix is recommended even if you experience an episode of shingles in-between dose one and dose two. The current episode needs to be cleared first however.
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