22 Zoster (herpes zoster/shingles)
22.6 Contraindications and precautions
Do not give to children.
Contraindications to HZV include:
- a history of hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine, including gelatin and neomycin
- primary and acquired immune-deficiency states due to conditions such as acute and chronic leukaemias, lymphoma, other conditions affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system, immunosuppression due to HIV/AIDS, cellular immune deficiencies
- immunosuppressive therapy (including high-dose corticosteroids), although HZV is not contraindicated for use in individuals who are receiving topical/inhaled corticosteroids or low-dose systemic corticosteroids, or who are receiving corticosteroids as replacement therapy (eg, for adrenal insufficiency)
- active untreated tuberculosis