|To your good health: When the Shingles vaccine is not an option|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 66 and have multiple sclerosis. Should I get the shingles vaccine? On the one hand, I know it is recommended for everyone. However, I do have a compromised immune system, and it could be risky to inject a virus. Neither my family doctor nor my neurologist has an opinion — they say it is a toss-up. — D.E.P.
ANSWER: There are two issues here: Could the shingles vaccine, which is a live virus, cause shingles? And secondly, can it cause your multiple sclerosis to flare? Both of these are somewhat controversial.
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