Case study ( 3884 views as of July 23, 2019 )
Monica is 51-years-old and recently became a new grandmother. She received a call from her son telling her that her new and only granddaughter, Jane, had developed red spots and has been diagnosed with chicken pox at 12 months old. Jane did not receive the chicken pox vaccine, and after contracting chicken pox will no longer need the vaccine. Monica is excited to visit with her granddaughter and wants to spend time with her and her family and has been planning for this trip for months. Monica does recall having the chicken pox when she was a young girl and remembers it was an awful experience. This situation has raised a number of questions for Monica about the chicken pox, shingles and the shingles vaccine.
Monica can have a consultation with her pharmacist who can help answer some of her concerning questions. For example, should Monica visit her new granddaughter and what are the risks and concerns? Monica wants to understand what causes shingles, and how the chicken pox and shingles are connected. Would visiting Jane cause shingles? Should Monica receive the shingles vaccine?
Along with answering questions, pharmacists in several provinces in Canada are authorized to give the shingles vaccine and can administer the chicken pox vaccine to children aged 5 and older (check with your local pharmacist in your own province for specific criteria and requirements). The assessment and administration in pharmacies has been more convenient for many people compared to seeing their family doctor.Author: Dr. Alan Low