How Soon After A Shingles Outbreak Can You Get Shingrix?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses when you can get vaccinated with Shingrix after an episode of shingles.

How Soon After A Shingles Outbreak Can You Get Shingrix?
Mar 28, 2019

scaly asked

I am recovering from an outbreak that had a negative effect on one eye. How can I judge when to start shingrix innoculations?

At a glance

  • There is no waiting period to get Shingrix after an episode of shingles. As long as you are not currently experiencing any signs or symptoms of a shingles infection, you can get the Shingrix vaccine according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

Answer

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is no set 'waiting period' after experiencing an episode of shingles to get vaccinated with Shingrix.[1]

As long as you not currently experiencing any signs or symptoms of shingles, you should be safe to get the vaccine with minimal risk of recurrence as long as it is recommended by your doctor.

In fact, the risk of an individual experiencing a recurrence of shingles within 12-18 months of an episode is extremely low.[2] The Shingrix vaccine should not increase this risk.

The following is an excerpt from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines:[3]

References
  1. ^ Shingrix Recommendations.Centers for Disease Control
  2. ^ Herpes zoster vaccine and the incidence of recurrent herpes zoster in an immunocompetent elderly population. PubMed
  3. ^ Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
  4. ^ Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine: Canadian Immunization Guide. Canadian Immunization Guide for Health Professionals
  5. ^ Epidemiology of Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus: Recurrence and Chronicity PubMed
  6. ^ Practice Patterns and Opinions in the Management of Recurrent or Chronic Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus PubMed
  7. ^ Herpes zoster vaccine live: A 10 year review of post-marketing safety experience PubMed

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