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Ask the Doc: Shingles vaccine okay for celiacs?

Posted on November 3rd, 2008 by Alison Comments Off

questionmarkgreen1.jpg Q. As a recently diagnosed 62 year old female with Celiac Disease I was wondering if it is safe to take the Shingles Vaccine. I have been told that it was not safe for those with autoimmune diseases. I have thyroid disease as well. Thank you for your help.

A. Actually, shingles vaccine should not be given to those who have an immune deficiency such as HIV disease, or those who are taking immunosuppressive drugs like azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, mycophenilate, or anti-TNf’s (Remicade, Humira,Cimzia).  Celiac disease is actually an over activity of the adaptive immune system, and should not prevent one from getting the vaccine.

Health and happiness,
Dr. Aron

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