Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Illness with fever: If you have an illness with fever, talk to your doctor about whether you should receive the vaccine.
Length of protection: It is not known if the vaccine will protect from shingles for longer than 4 years.
Pregnancy: No studies have been done to determine the effect of this medication on the developing baby or mother if it is given during pregnancy. Naturally occurring varicella-zoster infection is known to cause harm to the unborn baby. This vaccine should not be used during pregnancy. Women should not become pregnant for at least 3 months after receiving this vaccine.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if zoster vaccine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: This medication is not recommended for children.