Can I safely have another Shingles vaccine?
I have been booked to have a Shingles and a Pneumonia vaccine next week, although I don’t think I can have the two together. Anyway, according to my own diary notes, I received the Shingles vaccine 5 years ago on 25th October 2017, just under 70 years of age, and at that time I was told I would not need a booster in the future. Healthwise, nothing has really changed. I am not immunocompromised and I do not have any current health conditions, to my knowledge, that could make me more vulnerable to a Shingles infection.
I spoke to a receptionist at my GP surgery this morning and she checked my records and said there was no trace on my records that the Shingles vaccine had already been given. Do I refuse the Shingles vaccine or go ahead and assume after 5 years, a top up dose will do no harm?
Of course I will be guided by my medical team when I go in next week, but I really don’t know what to do and would be grateful for any advice? More concerning is what has happened to my medical records though? I remember so clearly having the Shingles vaccine at the same time as receiving an influenza vaccine (in different arms) and the arm discomforts afterwards.