What are the CDC recommendations for varicella-zoster (shingles) immunization?

Updated: May 18, 2020
  • Author: Richard Lichenstein, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The immunization recommendations from the CDC include the following: [2, 7]

  • Administer two doses of recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) (Shingrix) 2-6 months apart to adults aged 50 years or older, regardless of past episode 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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