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Zostavax resources for health professionals

Who can receive funded Zostavax®?

Standard programme

  • Adults aged 65 years

Catch up programme has ended.

A non-live recombinant zoster vaccine (Shingrix) is now available but not funded, for anyone from age 50 years, including those aged over 65 years.

Zostavax and annual influenza vaccination

  • Annual influenza immunisation is recommended and funded for adults aged 65 years or over.
  • One dose of Zostavax is recommended and also funded for adults aged 65 years.
    • Zostavax and influenza vaccine can be administered at the same visit.
    • Zostavax is only given as a single dose – it IS NOT administered every year that an eligible adult receives their influenza vaccination.
  • When Zostavax and an influenza vaccination are administered to an eligible adult at the same visit from 1 April through 31 December:
    • Please contact your PHO on how to claim for these events.

Hormonal cancer treatments and Zostavax

The following hormonal cancer treatments do not cause immunosuppression:

Trade – Generic name

Generic – Trade name

Arimidex – Anastrazole Anastrazole – Arimidex
Bicalox – Bicalutamide Bicalutamide – Bicalox
Mestane – Exemestane Cyproterone – Procur, Siterone
Letara – Letrozole Exemestane – Mestane
Letrole – Letrozole Goserelin – Zolodex
Procur – Cyproterone Letrozole – Letara, Letrole
Siterone – Cyproterone Tamoxifen – Tamoxifen
Tamoxifen – Tamoxifen  
Zolodex – Goserelin  

Resource links

  Checklist for the shingles vaccines (Zostavax®) for patients

  Screening tool for the HZV (shingles) vaccine (Zostavax®) for health professionals


  Immunisation for older people 2020 (HE2540)

  Immunisation for older people in te reo Māori 2020 (HE2541)


  Immunisation for older people - Large print 2020 (HE2548)


  After your immunisation Information for teenagers and adults following immunisation (HE2505)

  Prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) through immunisation

   Herpes zoster (shingles)




































Last updated: Mar 2022