Adverse Events and the Shingles Vaccine: Questions Answered

OCTOBER 20, 2018

In this video, Ed Cohen, PharmD, who is Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Advocacy for Pharmacy Times, discusses tips from the CDC for pharmacists who get questions from patients on the potential adverse events associated with the shingles vaccine.

According to the CDC website:  redness, soreness, swelling, or itching at the site of the injection occurs in about 1 person in 3 people, and headaches have been very infrequently reported. Some people who get the shingles vaccine will develop a chickenpox-like rash near the place where they were vaccinated. As a precaution, this rash should be covered until it disappears.
CDC officials note that it is safe to be around infants and young children, pregnant women, or people with weakened immune systems after you get the shingles vaccine.
Like all vaccines, shingles vaccine reactions should be reported to VAERS, as these types of reactions are closely monitored for by the CDC and FDA.