Shingles vaccine not affected by chemotherapy

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A study has found that the shingles vaccine remains effective in older people after they’ve had chemotherapy. ‘The zoster vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in elderly adults with healthy immune systems but until now, there has been a lack of data on whether the vaccine remains safe and effective for individuals who might have compromised immune systems resulting from treatments like chemotherapy,’ study author Hung Fu Tseng, of the [b]Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation[/b], is quoted in [s]Medicinenet[/s] as saying. Researchers analysed the medical records of more than 21,000 people aged 60 and older who had chemotherapy, over five years.

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