When is the Zostavax vaccine indicated for the prevention of herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Eligible patients who are about to begin biologic therapy (eg, for psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other indicated diseases) should receive Zostavax (along with any other appropriate vaccines) administered before starting their course of biologic therapy. However, it should be kept in mind that Zostavax is a live-virus vaccine, which means that it should not be given to patients who have already been started on biologic therapies.


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