SHINGLES CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS AND LONG-LASTING COMPLICATIONS, INCLUDING 2 :
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN)
- Nerve pain that lasts months (≥90 days), but can sometimes last years 2,10
- Affected 13% of patients aged 60-79 years and 20% of patients aged ≥80 years in a population-based study 11
Herpes zoster ophthalmicus
- Can lead to ophthalmic complications, such as vision loss in rare cases 2
- Affects between 10% and 25% of adults with shingles 2
SHINGRIX is not indicated for the prevention of PHN or other complications. 10
“The most feared complication of shingles is surely PHN—the prolonged, sometimes incapacitating pain that continues after resolution of the rash.” 12
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2015
- Kimberlin DW, Whitley RJ. Varicella-zoster vaccine for the prevention of herpes zoster. N Engl J Med. 2007; 356(13):1338-1343.
- 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.
- Levin MJ. Immune senescence and vaccines to prevent herpes zoster in older persons. Curr Opin Immunol. 2012;24(4):494-500.
- Chlibek R, Smetana J, Pauksens K, et al. Safety and immunogenicity of three different formulations of an adjuvanted varicella-zoster virus subunit candidate vaccine in older adults: a phase II, randomized, controlled study. Vaccine. 2014;32(15):1745-1753.
- Patterson-Bartlett J, Levin MJ, Lang N, Schödel FP, Vessey R, Weinberg A. Phenotypic and functional characterization of ex vivo T cell responses to the live attenuated herpes zoster vaccine. Vaccine. 2007;25(41):7087-7093.
- Weinberg A, Lazar AA, Zerbe GO, et al. Influence of age and nature of primary infection on varicella—zoster virus—specific cell-mediated immune responses. J Infect Dis. 2010;201(7):1024-1030.
- Schmader K. Herpes zoster in older adults. Clin Infect Dis. 2001;32(1):1481-1486.
- 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.
- Kawai K, Gebremeskel BG, Acosta CJ. Systematic review of incidence and complications of herpes zoster: towards a global perspective. BMJ Open. 2014;4(6):e004833.
- Prescribing Information for SHINGRIX.
- Yawn BP, Saddier P, Wollan PC, St. Sauver JL, Kurland MJ, Sy LS, et al. A population-based study of the incidence and complication rates of herpes zoster before zoster vaccine introduction. Mayo Clin Proc. 2007;82(11):1341-1349.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Summary Report. June 24-25, 2015.