Triage Questions About the New Shingles Vaccine Shingrix
Questions will swirl about Shingrix, the new zoster vaccine to prevent shingles...especially now that CDC prefers it over Zostavax.
Who should get Shingrix? It's for patients 50 years and older...Zostavax is usually for those 60 years and older. Shingrix seems to prevent shingles better than Zostavax...and immunity may last longer.
Stay alert for patients who have severely weakened immune systems due to HIV, organ transplant, etc. It may be safe to give Shingrix to these patients...but we're telling pharmacists to wait for CDC guidance.