Help Patients Understand Differences Between Zostavax and Shingrix

Please see the January 2018 CDC recommendations for the use of herpes zoster vaccines.

The new zoster vaccine, Shingrix (SHING-riks), will be preferred over Zostavax...because Shingrix seems more effective.

Although zoster vaccines aren't commonly given during hospitalization, be prepared to help patients sort through the data.

Patients will hear that Shingrix is about 97% effective at preventing shingles...compared to about 51% with Zostavax.

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