We are getting a lot of calls about herpes medication and the COVID vaccines. (And see lower down for the Covid vaccine and a herpes simplex outbreak.)
Short answer: go ahead and get whichever jab you are offered
Longer answer… The developer of aciclovir was seeking a medication that would target flu and cold viruses. They found an antiviral based on Caribbean sea sponges. This new compound didn’t work on flu or cold virus. It was found to only work on three herpes viruses: herpes simplex (types 1 and 2) and varicella-zoster virus (which causes chickenpox virus and shingles).
Since aciclovir and the later drugs valaciclovir (Valtrex) and famciclovir (Famvir) only target these herpes viruses, it is OK to have the herpes medication and COVID vaccines at the same time. You don’t need to tell the people at the vaccine centre that you are taking antivirals.
Since these drugs only target the three herpes viruses and don’t affect human cells you don’t need to mention antiviral drugs at all. They are very safe drugs. They don’t interact with any other drugs,
This article explains the vaccine – and how / why it works very well: https://drdompimenta.medium.com/how-mrna-vaccines-work-and-what-the-same-technology-might-cure-next-19199c010848Summary: get the jab!
I have a herpes outbreak, can I have the vaccine?
Short answer: Yes you can.
Longer answer… A herpes simplex outbreak (a ‘cold sore’) is minor problem for the body to deal with. It can certainly manage to control the outbreak and deal with the new ‘flu vaccine’ that is the Covid vaccine.
It is generally said that being unwell is meant to be a trigger factor for an outbreak. This is where the names cold sores or fever blisters come from – people noticed they pop out when a person is unwell. Most interestingly we know of people who get a lot of outbreaks but no colds or flu, while people around them are getting these ‘normal’ illnesses.