Recombinant Herpes Zoster Vaccine (RZV) after Heart Transplantation: A Single Center Experience

Herpes zoster (HZ) results from reactivation of latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) presenting as a dermatomal rash. Diminished cellular immunity to VZV increases HZ risk and incidence in solid organ transplant (SOT) is higher than the general population. Immunogenicity and safety of the inactivated varicella vaccine (RZV, Shingrix) has been demonstrated in renal transplant (KT) but data in heart transplant (HT) are lacking.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: (485) Source Type: research

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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
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Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Eur J Ophthalmol Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Source: Critical Care - Category: Intensive Care Authors: Tags: Letter Source Type: research
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Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
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Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
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Source: Antiviral Research - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Antiviral Res Source Type: research
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