Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix): Is it advisable for transplant patients?

Posted by azdan99 @azdan99, Jul 31, 2020

Is it advisable and safe for a transplant patient to get the new shingles vaccine, Shinglex?

So, I believe it makes sense to listen to them!

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@contentandwell

@azdan99

This is definitely something you want to check with your own transplant team. Mine does not want me to get it because although it is not a live vaccine it does have something in it that increases your immunity. I worry that may end up being true when they finally have a COVID vaccine too. My transplant team tends to be on the conservative side, which is fine with me.
JK

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Thanks for your thoughts.

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@cmael

I was told that it was safe to get the vaccine. I had my transplant over two years ago and got both doses of the new vaccine after my transplant.

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good to know it worked for you. I will ask.

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@rosemarya

@azdan99 – I had the Shingrex shingles vaccine several years ago. When it came out I was already several years post transplant and my PCP asked me if I could get it since it was not a live vaccine. When I asked my coordinator she checked with transplant infectious disease doctor and said that I could have it.
I don’t know if that decision would apply to anyone else because as with all medicines there are some risks that have to be balanced with benefits. Also one has to consider allergies and drug interactions. I had a liver and kidney transplant and I don’t know if other organ transplants have other restrictions.

I encourage you to check with your transplant team and see what they say to you about it. Will you let us know what you find out?

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thanks for your experience. I will ask.

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@jolinda

@rosemarya
@jodeej
This is very interesting information! My husband got the vaccine but I did not. I am not in the age group where they recommend getting a shingles vaccine but I am wondering if I would qualify to get it because of my transplant. I hear shingles is terrible. Do you know anything else about the rules around this?

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thanks for your thoughts. I will ask.

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@gaylea1

@jodeej @jolinda @rosemarya I had shingles in Feb this year. It was very painful. I'm nervous about getting the vaccine in case it wakens the virus again. I was one year post transplant then.

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somewhat my thoughts, but i have not hadshingles or chickenpox. Could i have natural immunity? I will discuss with my doctor.

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@danab

@azdan99 Hi Im also from Arizona and had my Heart Transplant at Mayo in Phoenix Janurary 2018.I see you have had yours for a while 17 years Congratulations. I did have both shots,it is given in to phases, last year and have had no issues. But also as Rosemary said double check with your Team. I prey you have a Blessed Day
Keep Cool
Dana

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thanks. I will chech.

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@contentandwell

@azdan99

This is definitely something you want to check with your own transplant team. Mine does not want me to get it because although it is not a live vaccine it does have something in it that increases your immunity. I worry that may end up being true when they finally have a COVID vaccine too. My transplant team tends to be on the conservative side, which is fine with me.
JK

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Thanks for your thoughts. Good advice.

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I suspect a lot depends on what organ, which drugs you are taking and your health experiences you have had since transplant. All things best answered by the transplant team.

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@rosemarya

Aren't we the lucky ones! Who else has a whole team of medical experts looking out for us.❤

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@rosemarya The only time I wish they hadn't been looking out for me so well was when they told me we should not take our vacation to St. Martin. That was early, before there were any restrictions, so I was surprised but I guess they knew what was coming.
JK

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I also always have had a real positive feeling when I get the advice from my team at Mayo. I actually watched my wife go thru getting them. Not very pleasant! So I couldn't remember if I had chickenpox as a kid so I asked my Mom (who has since passed away) and she couldn't remember. So I decided to get them. Well my Mom was good about writing in our baby books things like that and just recently my sister had been going thru so of my parents stuff and found our baby books. She sent it to me and low and behold I did have the chickenpox. So maybe I deflected a bullet. At least so far so good.
Have a Blessed Day
Dana

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@danab

I also always have had a real positive feeling when I get the advice from my team at Mayo. I actually watched my wife go thru getting them. Not very pleasant! So I couldn't remember if I had chickenpox as a kid so I asked my Mom (who has since passed away) and she couldn't remember. So I decided to get them. Well my Mom was good about writing in our baby books things like that and just recently my sister had been going thru so of my parents stuff and found our baby books. She sent it to me and low and behold I did have the chickenpox. So maybe I deflected a bullet. At least so far so good.
Have a Blessed Day
Dana

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@danab It's not measles that shingles is related to, it's chicken pox.
JK

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