People ≥50 years of age who have had a previous episode of herpes zoster can receive zoster vaccine at the recommended age.
The risk of a repeat episode of zoster is about 5% in immunocompetent people.10-12 In addition, a history of previous zoster may be inaccurate or a mistaken diagnosis.
An episode of herpes zoster boosts cellular and humoral immunity above baseline levels in most people. Studies suggest that this boost persists for at least 1 year and up to 3 years.13
It is suggested that people should wait at least 1 year after an episode of herpes zoster before they receive zoster vaccine. However, this timing is unclear and studies have not established an optimal time.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.