Shingles: Addressing the Risk

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Shingles: Addressing the Risk



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Shingles can pose a real risk to your patients 50 years and older. How can you better protect them?

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    Counseling your patients about their risk of shingles—and encouraging them to get vaccinated—can help better protect them. But how do we do that? To answer this question, Dr. Christopher Altman discusses the risk of shingles with Dr. Jennifer Caudle.

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    SHINGRIX (Zoster Vaccine Recombinant, Adjuvanted) is a vaccine indicated for prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) in adults aged 50 years and older.

    SHINGRIX is not indicated for prevention of primary varicella infection (chickenpox).


    • SHINGRIX (Zoster Vaccine Recombinant, Adjuvanted) is contraindicated in anyone with a history of a severe allergic reaction (eg, anaphylaxis) to any component of the vaccine or after a previous dose of SHINGRIX
    • Review immunization history for possible vaccine sensitivity and previous vaccination-related adverse reactions. Appropriate medical treatment and supervision must be available to manage possible anaphylactic reactions following administration of SHINGRIX
    • In a postmarketing observational study, an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome was observed during the 42 days following vaccination with SHINGRIX
    • Syncope (fainting) can be associated with the administration of injectable vaccines, including SHINGRIX. Procedures should be in place to avoid falling injury and to restore cerebral perfusion following syncope
    • Solicited local adverse reactions reported in individuals aged 50 years and older were pain (78%), redness (38%), and swelling (26%)
    • Solicited general adverse reactions reported in individuals aged 50 years and older were myalgia (45%), fatigue (45%), headache (38%), shivering (27%), fever (21%), and gastrointestinal symptoms (17%)
    • The data are insufficient to establish if there is vaccine-associated risk with SHINGRIX in pregnant women
    • It is not known whether SHINGRIX is excreted in human milk. Data are not available to assess the effects of SHINGRIX on the breastfed infant or on milk production/excretion
    • Vaccination with SHINGRIX may not result in protection of all vaccine recipients

    Please see full Prescribing Information for SHINGRIX.

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Schedule21 Sep 2023