May 15, 2014
Hi, I have had a small part of shingles on my left foot 2 months ago and I just wanted to know if it is advisable to have a Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine to prevent the future occurence? I already had a vaccine when I was a kid, and I've been wondering if its okay to undergo just to prevent having shingles again. Thank you so much for your help.
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
Currently varicella (shingles) vaccine isn't approved for use in people living with HIV. It's been shown to be effective in people whose CD4 counts are not low, though the overall safety will be difficult to prove.
If your shingle case was mild and you've only had one epsisode, I'd be in no great hurry to get the vaccine. Do know that should you develop symptoms of recurrent shingles, contact your care provider early- medications can quickly stop the progression or severity of the outbreak.
Hope that helps, BY
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