What percentage of adults over 60 years old have been vaccinated to prevent varicella-zoster (shingles)?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: Richard Lichenstein, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Despite longstanding recommendations for use of many vaccines, vaccination coverage among US adults is low. In 2015, among adults aged 60 years or older, 30.6% reported receiving herpes zoster vaccination to prevent shingles, a 2.7% increase from 2014. Whites aged 65 years or older had higher herpes zoster vaccination coverage (38.3%) compared with blacks (14.1%), Hispanics (19.2%), and Asians (30.6%). [4]


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