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Is zostavax safe for a person with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia)?

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suzanne66 19 Nov 2009

This is from the FDA monograph for Zostavax

"... 4.2 Immunosuppression

Do not administer Zostavax to individuals with a history of primary or acquired immunodeficiency states including leukemia; lymphomas of any type, or other malignant neoplasms affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system; or AIDS or other clinical manifestations of infection with human immunodeficiency viruses. Zostavax is a live attenuated varicella-zoster vaccine and administration may result in disseminated disease in individuals who are immunosuppressed. Do not administer Zostavax to individuals on immunosuppressive therapy."

Zostavax is contraindicated in CLL patients.
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