What are the 2018 CDC adult immunization schedules regarding herpes zoster?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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In February 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the 2018 adult immunization schedules. Changes to this year’s schedule regarding zoster vaccines includes the following [128, 129] :

  • Administer two doses of recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) (Shingrix) 2-6 months apart to adults aged 50 years or older regardless of past episodes of herpes zoster or receipt of zoster vaccine live (ZVL) (Zostavax)
  • Administer two doses of RZV 2-6 months apart to adults who previously received ZVL at least 2 months after ZVL
  • For adults aged 60 years or older, administer either RZV or ZVL (RZV is preferred)

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