Uptake of shingles vaccination is more likely if proactively offered in primary care
The shingles vaccination programme is intended for people aged between 70 and 80 years, but uptake in this group has been low. This survey found that people were more likely to have had the vaccine if it was proactively offered by a GP or nurse.
Herpes zoster, otherwise known as shingles, can be a devastating complication after heart transplantation due to persistent and severe herpetic neuralgia. Our heart transplant patients are recommended to have the shingles vaccine prior to heart transplantation, but this is not always achieved. We sought to assess whether the shingles vaccine did indeed prevent clinical shingles development after heart transplantation.
ConclusionsTaken together, these results highlight that the gE subunit vaccine and LAV developed in this study can be functional VZV vaccines, and ssRNAs appear to function better as adjuvants in a subunit vaccine than in an LAV.
New evidence suggests the Zoster Vaccine Live — administered to prevent shingles — could also reduce the risk of stroke in older adults.Medscape Medical News
Title: Shingles Vaccine Bonus: Reduced Risk of Stroke?Category: Health NewsCreated: 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 -- Seniors who get the shingles vaccine may gain stroke protection as well, a new study suggests. Shingles is a viral infection tied to heightened risk of stroke. But overall stroke risk dropped 20% among patients under age...
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(University of Tennessee Health Science Center) The College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has partnered with Kroger Health, the healthcare arm of The Kroger Co., on a nationwide, randomized controlled study across more than 2,200 community pharmacy locations to improve second-dose vaccination completion rates for the shingles vaccine. Elements of the project are funded through a grant from GlaxoSmithKline.
These reports provide an evaluation of the shingles vaccination programme in England from 2018 to 2019.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that adults aged ≥19 years receive various vaccines to prevent serious health conditions, including hepatitis B, herpes zoster/shingles, human papilloma virus (HPV), and pneumonia. Recent vaccine approvals by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have led to updates in the ACIP adult immunization schedule. Thi s article provides a relevant clinical literature review for nurse practitioners on the newly approved vaccines for hepatitis B and herpes zoster and updated ACIP recommendations.
Conclusions: Despite the availability and broad use of pertussis containing vaccines in the setting of pregnancy and infants, use of these vaccines in Australian adults remains limited. These findings highlight a significant opportunity to improve awareness and uptake of pertussis containing vaccines in individuals with chronic respiratory disease.