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shingles vaccine

Hi, I have DIC and is on my 3rd chemotherapy treatment.  I had chicken pox as an adult.  Should I risk participating in a blind study for the shingles vaccine or go ahead and ask for the real vaccination (dead virus)?
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Honestly if you're immunocompromised I suggest not doing the study. If you are not, I suggest asking your oncologist first.
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Shingles vaccine is a live vaccine and is not recommended for people who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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Previously, the only vaccination available for shingles was Zostavax, which is an attenuated live virus vaccine, contraindicated for patients with immunodeficiency or immunosuppression. The more recently approved Shingrix vaccine is a recombinant protein and can be given to patients with cancer even if they are receiving or have recently received radiation or chemotherapy. Please see CDC web site for more info: https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/vaccination.html
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