Jun 06, 2012 - 1:56 pm
I know a couple of you here have had shingles and I also know a couple of friends--all in the 50+ age group who have had them. I had chicken pox as a kid and also have had herpes simplex on my lips (cold sores) from time to time throughout life, so obviously this virus is in my body. I did some online looking and one of the contraindications for getting the vaccine is if you are currently in chemo or have a compromised immune system.
I am not actively in chemo (taking Faslodex injections and Zometa infusions), so I asked my med. onc. and she said it would be okay to get the vaccine. However, now I'm thinking--are we, as cancer patients, in the group classified as "compromised immune system?"
Seems like a double-edged sword--people with compromised immune systems get shingles, but should we not get the vaccine because our immune systems are compromised?
All I know for sure is, if I can do something to not get them, I will.
Thank you so much for any thoughts or advice.