Herpes Zoster Virus
The shingles vaccine is safe and well tolerated in older adults, despite a small increased risk for allergic reaction in the week following vaccination.
Gralise significantly improved patient’s mean pain scores compared with placebo in an 11-week clinical trial.
An elderly patient presented with an acute reaction of shingles. How soon after treatment is it advisable to administer the zoster vaccine (Zostavax)?
A 55-year-old woman who had herpes zoster and takes morphine for post-herpetic neuralgia pain, no longer wants to be on heavy-duty pain medication. What are her alternatives?
Administering the herpes zoster and pneumococcal vaccines to patients during the same visit does not appear to compromise the effectiveness of the zoster vaccine.
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