There have been a couple of posts recently about Shingles. I am over 70 and would therefore normally be advised to have the vaccine, however I know that it is not normally recommended for those on immunosuppresssants. There is an article on the Vasculitis website about this, provided by Prof.Morgan and Matt Harper, and it quotes the advice from Public Health which says that those taking low dose therapy with Azathioprine are not considered sufficiently immunosuppressive and therefore not contraindicated for administration of the vaccine. I am currently in remission from EGPA and take 5mg prednisolone and 100 mg Azathioprine a day. The dose of Azathioprine corresponds with the low dose mentioned by Public Health (i.e 3.0 mg per kg body weight.) and on that basis could be allowed.
I am currently under the care of the renal team at Derby,and I mentioned this at my last check , but they have still advised me not to have the vaccine. My husband is also eligible and has been invited for the vaccine. NHS says that occasionally a person has developed chicken pox after having the vaccine.
Does anyone else have any information ,experience regarding this. Am currently thinking that I should not, but my husband should
Thank you in advance