Administering live vaccines in conjunction with antibody-containing products

American Pharmacists Association News, 05/11/2012

What are your recommendations regarding administration of zoster vaccine after a patient has received a blood transfusion? In the past, I have told our pharmacists to wait at least 6 months based on the recommendations for measles–mumps–rubella and varicella vaccines. However, I recently looked it up in the latest edition of the Pink Book, which stated that no time period is recommended.

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