Recombinant shingles vaccine available mid-year, says GSK

But there'll be a wait before it's even considered for subsidy under the NIP

The recombinant herpes zoster vaccine Shingrix, which has been approved but not yet marketed in Australia, could be available to elderly patients within months.

Australian Doctor has confirmed with the sponsor GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that the highly-effective, adjuvanted subunit vaccine is set for the private market from mid-year, at a cost of $450-$550 for the two-dose course.