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ACIP recommends new shingles vaccine over Zostavax

ACIP recommends new shingles vaccine over Zostavax
October 25, 2017

Members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, or ACIP, voted 8-7 today to recommend the recently approved herpes zoster vaccine, Shingrix, over the only other FDA-approved vaccine, Zostavax.

Shingrix (GlaxoSmithKline) — a subunit adjuvanted vaccine that requires two doses — is now recommended for the prevention of herpes zoster, or shingles, in immunocompetent adults aged 50 years and older. ACIP members also voted 12-3 to recommend Shingrix for adults who previously received Zostavax (Merck), which is administered in a single dose.

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