People who have received varicella vaccine are not recommended to receive zoster vaccine. 

Studies of the safety and immunogenicity of zoster vaccine in this setting are limited, and data are insufficient to suggest a benefit from vaccination.

It is unknown whether, in the future, populations vaccinated with varicella vaccine will experience rates of herpes zoster that are sufficient to warrant zoster vaccination. Preliminary information suggests that the incidence of herpes zoster in people who have received varicella vaccine is lower than in people infected with wild-type varicella.14

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Last updated: 
5 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
5 June 2018