People who have received varicella vaccine when it was indicated are not recommended to receive a zoster vaccine. Studies of the safety and immunogenicity of zoster vaccines in this setting are limited, and data are currently insufficient to suggest a benefit from 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.31-33
People who are uncertain if they have received a previous varicella vaccine, or have a history of varicella infection before or after varicella vaccination can be considered for zoster vaccination.
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.