You shouldn’t get the shingles vaccine if:
You have a weakened immune system due to a medical condition or certain types of prescription drugs.
- You’re getting cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy.
- You’ve had cancer in your bone marrow or lymph system, such as leukemia or lymphoma.
- You have untreated, active tuberculosis.
- You’re allergic to gelatin, the antibiotic neomycin, or any other ingredient of the shingles vaccine.
- You’re pregnant. Women should not become pregnant until at least 4 weeks after getting the shingles vaccine.
If you have a minor illness like a cold, it’s OK to get the vaccine. But if you’re moderately or severely sick, it’s best to wait until you recover to get vaccinated.