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Is the Varicella Zoster vaccine safe for those with autoimmune disease?

Patient: I have autoimmune disease. Twenty years ago I developed shingles on my forehead that traveled down on my right eyelid. Valtrex helped me. After a flu shot 4-years ago, the virus reactivated. Now, after dental work on my upper right molar reactivated the virus. In the past, I had to take several refills to obliterate the rash. If I thought the vaccine would help me, I would get it, but I have read that those with immune disease should avoid the vaccine as it is live. Is this correct?

 

 

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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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