Laboratory testing to check for an immune response after zoster vaccination is not recommended.

Zoster vaccine boosts both humoral and cellular immune responses. It is not necessary to confirm an immune response because it does not predict the level of protection against zoster. 

In addition, routinely available serological assays are not designed to detect antibody levels after zoster vaccination, which may be lower than antibody levels after natural infection.

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