Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines

Kathleen L. Dooling, MD; Angela Guo, MPH; Manisha Patel, MD; Grace M. Lee, MD; Kelly Moore, MD; Edward A. Belongia, MD; Rafael Harpaz, MD


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2018;67(3):103-108. 

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Future Research and Monitoring Priorities

Studies of safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of herpes zoster vaccines in defined immunocompromised populations are ongoing. ACIP will consider these data as they become available and revise recommendations accordingly. In addition, CDC will monitor coverage of RZV and adherence to the 2-dose schedule. Short-term and long-term effectiveness of RZV will be assessed through longitudinal studies of clinical trial participants as well as through observational studies.

As with all new vaccines, CDC will monitor adverse events following immunization through VAERS and the Vaccine Safety Datalink. Additional post-marketing safety monitoring will include studies conducted by GSK and reported to the FDA. Monitoring RZV is particularly important given the vaccine's novel adjuvant and its high reactogenicity and immunogenicity.