Share your experience
(Herpes zoster)
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
Last Update May 24, 2016
187,113 conversations around the web about Shingles to help you make a decision
Share your experience

Shingles and Platelet Count

content loaded dynamically
Filter by
Filter by
We found 42 discussions
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 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.

Treato does not review third-party posts for accuracy of any kind, including for medical diagnosis or treatments, or events in general. Treato does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Usage of the website does not substitute professional medical advice.
The side effects featured here are based on those most frequently appearing in user posts on the Internet. The manufacturer's product labeling should always be consulted for a list of side effects most frequently appearing in patients during clinical studies. Talk to your doctor about which medications may be most appropriate for you.
The information reflected here is dependent upon the correct functioning of our algorithm. From time-to-time, our system might experience bugs or glitches that affect the accuracy or correct application of mathematical algorithms. We will do our best to update the site if we are made aware of any malfunctioning or misapplication of these algorithms. We cannot guarantee results and occasional interruptions in updating may occur. Please continue to check the site for updated information.
Welcome back! Sign in
See what other patients are saying
First time here? Sign up!
See what other patients are saying
Forgot your password?
No problem, we can help.
Please wait...