New shingles vax deemed better than current

Company-sponsored trial shows promising results

A yet to be approved shingles vaccine boasting 90% protection looks set to hit the Australian market some time next year.

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Clinical trials suggest that GSK's Shingrix induces an immune response that is 12 times greater  than Seqirus’s Zostavax against the herpes zoster virus.

Shingrix is 96.6% effective in adults aged 50 to 59 years.  The currently approved shingles vaccine, Zostavax, claims 70% efficacy in preventing herpes zoster in this cohort. 

The differences are even more marked with age. In clinical trials, effectiveness against herpes zoster disease