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 Subject : Shingrix Update.. 02/12/2018 08:57:35 PM 
Brittany Hoffmann-Eubanks
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Hi Everyone,

The CDC released the updated 2018 immunization schedule this week (see attachment) and provided additional clarification with regard to administration of Shingrix in patients who previously received Zostavax.

Initial recommendations were based upon patient age with respect to how long you had to wait to give Shingrix after they had Zostavax. This age-dependent requirement is no longer required and Shingrix can be administered to all patients who previously received a Zostavax after 2 months.

Additionally, there is no specific recommendation for length of time to wait after an active case of shingles and administration of Shingrix by the manufacturer. Based upon the studies conducted with the vaccine the CDC recommends to avoid administering during the acute phase of illness only.

I have already seen multiple insurance plans covering the vaccine. Happy immunizing!

 Subject : Re:Shingrix Update.. 02/16/2018 12:34:38 PM 
Rouzan Srour
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Thank you for this information! I have had many patients refuse Shingrix because they have had the Zostavax vaccine and don't want to "acquire shingles" by taking all these vaccines. Anyone else encounter this problem? It reminds me of the patient population who refuses the flu vaccine because they worry they will catch the flu.
 Subject : Re:Shingrix Update.. 02/19/2018 07:08:17 PM 
Brittany Hoffmann-Eubanks
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I haven't had patients refuse Shingrix as of yet. But I have had patients come in and ask if they really need Shingrix since they received Zostavax already. I find that explaining how much more effective Shingrix is compared to Zostavax very helpful in convincing them to get up to date. But there is good data out there that says most people need to be offered something at least 3 times before they make a decision. So, don't give up and keep asking!
 
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