Is it safe to have the Shingles vaccine if you are on Prolia?

This week we’re bringing you the another question submitted by our one of our clients and social media followers! If you have a question you’d like to submit, please email us here.

Question:
Is it safe to have the Shingles vaccine if you are on Prolia?

Answer:
The shingles vaccine used most often is called Shingrix which is a non-live vaccine.  Prolia is a biologic therapy for the treatment of osteoporosis which does not increase infection risk.  It is fine to receive Shingrix while taking Prolia.

Even when taking a biologic therapy for an autoimmune condition which does increase infection risk, there is no problem in receiving any non-live vaccine including Shingrix.


Carolyn Whiskin is the Pharmacy Manager for Charlton Health.  Carolyn specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, pain and smoking cessation. Carolyn has won provincial and national awards for her commitment to patient care and public service.

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