What are the CDC recommendations for routine vaccination against herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine vaccination of all people 60 years or older with a single-dose zoster vaccine. Zoster vaccination is not indicated to treat acute herpes zoster or postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) or to prevent the development of PHN in patients with acute herpes zoster. Serologic testing for varicella immunity is not required prior to vaccination. In 2011 and 2013, after a review of the cost-benefit analysis, the ACIP declined to recommend the vaccine be administered to persons aged 50-59 years. [139, 140]


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