Fast Five Quiz: Herpes Zoster Prevention in Adults Who Are Immunocompromised

Heidi Moawad, MD


May 04, 2023

According to the same Canadian Immunization Guide, the recombinant HZ vaccine should be given at least 2 weeks before solid organ transplantation. If the inactivated HZ vaccine is contraindicated or unavailable, the live HZ vaccine may be given at least 4 weeks prior to transplantation. Vaccines are more immunogenic if given before transplantation because the immunosuppressive medications given after transplant to prevent and treat rejection of the transplanted organ may diminish the vaccine response.

Learn more about immunization of people who are immunocompromised.

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