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Which patients should receive the herpes zoster vaccine?

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Summary of "Which patients should receive the herpes zoster vaccine?"

The recombinant adjuvanted zoster vaccine (RZV, trade name Shingrix) is preferentially recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to prevent herpes zoster and related complications in immunocompetent adults age 50 years and older. This article reviews efficacy and safety of the vaccine, its use in special populations, and how to prevent administration errors to answer the question "Which patients should receive the herpes zoster vaccine?"

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Name: JAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
ISSN: 1547-1896
Pages: 18-20

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