Dec 29, 2012 - 3:34 pm
Which people should not get shingles vaccine or should wait?
A person should not get shingles vaccine who:
Someone with a minor illness, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. But anyone with a moderate or severe illness should usually wait until they recover before getting the vaccine. This includes anyone with a temperature of 101.3 °F (38.5 °C) or higher.(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607025.html)
Gov. website doesn't say WHY it isn't insurance approved for people under 50. However, I did some digging and found this reason. Whether or not the site is totally credible, I don't know but here is one reason I found, It is from a website where someone who is 59 was asking about why people under 50 can't get the vaccination. Here is the doctor's reply in two parts (http://www.justanswer.com/medical/4fn9m-can-t-shingles-vaccine-age-60-several.html):
Hello,The reason for it not being recommended for use in people under 60 years of age is
1. Out of the total number of people suffering from shingles 50 % or more are of gae greater than 60
Ok let me explain it this way
Here is a link to an NPR segment on the vaccine: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132935345/few-opt-for-vaccine-to-prevent-painful-shingles
Here is something from the CDC from 2011 (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/shingles/hcp-vaccination.htm) and states "
Vaccination of persons age 50 through 59 years
In 2011, FDA expanded the age indication for Zostavax® to include adults 50 through 59 years old for preventing herpes zoster. This decision was based on a large study showing that the vaccine reduced the risk of herpes zoster by approximately 70 percent.
For persons age 50 through 59 years, the risk of getting shingles and having prolonged pain after shingles is much lower than for people 60 years and older. In the past several years, there have been shortages and delays in getting Zostavax®. Based on such considerations, ACIP is not issuing a recommendation for routine use of zoster vaccine in adults 50 through 59 years at this time. However, health care providers can still offer herpes zoster vaccine to patients 50 through 59 years. Health care providers may want to first consider whether the patient would have poor tolerance to herpes zoster or postherpetic neuralgia symptoms. For example, if the patient has
No data are available about the effectiveness of zoster vaccine in adults who become immunosuppressed after their vaccination."
Basically it sounds to me like the vaccine is very expensive. I found one quote that it is around $162 U.S. per shot. I really can't find a clear reason why younger people can't get the shot other than the quotes by "Dr. Mask"
I did find it interesting and very important as to who should NOT get the shot.
I hope this helps.