Important counseling points
Inform patients that they may experience adverse reactions after receiving SHINGRIX. In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions observed were pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, myalgia, fatigue, headache, shivering, fever, and gastrointestinal symptoms. 1
Because each patient’s clinical situation is unique, GSK has no specific recommendations on adverse reaction management. GSK recommends healthcare professionals use their clinical judgment. Specific management of adverse reactions was not studied in the clinical trials of SHINGRIX.
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recommends if localized reaction occurs, such as soreness, redness, itching, or swelling at the injection site, to apply a cold compress to the injection site. Consider giving an analgesic (pain reliever) or antipruritic (anti-itch) medication. These are general recommendations from IAC and have not been evaluated with SHINGRIX. 2
Explain to patients that the efficacy of SHINGRIX was only studied in patients who received 2 doses of the vaccine. In order for your patients to get results similar to those from the studies, they need to receive both doses. 1
To ensure series completion, encourage your patients to schedule their second dose for anytime between 2 and 6 months after their first dose.
Topics to discuss with your patients
Inform patients of the potential benefits and risks of immunization with SHINGRIX.
In clinical trials with SHINGRIX, the majority of reactions were mild to moderate (grade 1 or 2) and transient (median duration of 2 to 3 days). Some grade 3 reactions were observed. 1
Please see the 'Safety Profile' section for more information.
- Prescribing Information for SHINGRIX.
- Immunization Action Coalition. Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Adult Patients. www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3082.pdf. Accessed November 1, 2017.
- Kilgore PE, Kruszon-Moran D, Seward JF, et al. Varicella in Americans from NHANES III: implications for control through routine immunization. J Med Virol. 2003;70(suppl 1):S111-S118.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention of herpes zoster: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR. 2008;57(RR-5):1-30.