Who Should Not Get Shingles Vaccine?

You shouldn’t get the shingles vaccine if:

  • Zoster vaccine

    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.