Standing Orders for Administering Zoster Vaccine to Adults.
Live zoster (shingles) vaccine can prevent shingles. Shingles (also called herpes zoster, or just zoster) is a painful skin rash, usually with blisters. In addition to the rash, shingles can cause fever, headache, chills, or upset stomach. More rarely, shingles can lead to pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation (encephalitis), or death.
Generally, people only develop shingles once, although it is possible to get shingles more than once. Shingles may lead to long-term complications such as debilitating pain that lasts for months or even years. In rare cases, serious, long-term eye or hearing issues can occur.
A single dose of shingles vaccine is recommended and funded for adults at 70 years of age. Adults 71-79 years of age are also eligible under a five-year catch up program until 31 October 2021. At the commencement of the program, the interest in the vaccine was unprecedented. Early shortages have been addressed and there is now ample stock.
Zoster vaccine contains live, attenuated (weakened) varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Varicella-zoster causes chickenpox and then becomes dormant in nerves. VZV reactivates and causes herpes zoster (shingles or zoster) later in life (usually 60 years of age or older) when immunity against VZV declines. Zoster vaccine stimulates the immune system to develop immunity against VZV.
Because the risk of shingles increases for older adults, a single dose of shingles vaccine is recommended for people 60 years of age and older. Even those who have had shingles can still receive the shingles vaccine to help prevent repeat occurrences. The vaccine is also recommended for those that have had chicken pox. Who should NOT get vaccinated or should wait? A person should not get the.
Getting a shingles vaccine is the only way to reduce the risk of developing shingles and to lessen the risk of postherpetic neuralgia. There are now two shingles vaccines available: Zostavax and.
The new shingles vaccine contains an adjuvant, a substance that boosts the immune system’s response. This may be what makes Shingrix both more effective and longer-lasting, says Schaffner at.