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Shingles is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It may not cause problems for many years. As you get older, the virus may reappear as shingles. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk. Read more on MedlinePlus.gov.
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Shingles Vaccine & high platelet count
| marv
I am 75 years of age. My general practitioner has suggested that I get the Zostavax shingles vaccine. However the Zostavax pamphlet states "Zostavax should not be used if......you have a blood disorder......"

I have a high blood platelet level and have been treated for it for about ten years with hydroxurea 500 mg capsules five times per week. The platelet level varies between 500 and 650 ( in whatever the units are).

Naturally I want to find out if this platelet count falls into the "blood disorder" category for which the shingles vaccine is not recommended. The "contact us" feature at the Zostavax site is not functioning. I am not scheduled to visit my hematologist for another month. (I see him every two months.) I will ask him but I do not know whether he is familiar with the shingles vaccine.

Any help will be most appreciated. Thank you.

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