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    I have neutropenia and a low white blood count. I have seen some warnings not to get the vaccine if you have an immune system problem. My Doctor says it is OK but I am worried about it. Does anyone else have info on this. Mafajous



    I am in your neutropenia low white count boat. I had the shingles live virus vaccine prior to being diagnosed. Since then I believe there is a new shingles vaccine that is not a live virus and would be safe for folks in our category. I believe the newest vaccine requires two injections 6 months apart. Your MD should be up on this.

    Best wishes


    Thank you for the information.

    Maureen Ratliff

    I also have neutropenia and low white blood cells and my local hematologist/oncologist advised me not to have the Shingles vaccine due to my condition.


    Only attenuated Shingles vaccines are recommended for patients who are immunocompromised – ask you provider before you get a Shingles vaccine. I hope this helps.


    Thank you so much for your response. I have had the original vaccine so I hope it works.

    Judith Barnes

    I had the first of two of the new shingles vaccine before my MDS diagnosis and it’s now time for the second. I plan to ask my oncologist if it’s okay to have the second shot when I see her Tuesday.

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