Adjuvanted recombinant zoster vaccine in adult autologous stem cell transplant recipients: polyfunctional immune responses and lessons for clinical practice

Stadtmauer E. A. , Sullivan K. M. , El Idrissi M., Salaun B., Alonso Alonso A., Andreadis C., ...More

HUMAN VACCINES & IMMUNOTHERAPEUTICS, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/21645515.2021.1953346
  • Keywords: Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant, cell-mediated immunity, polyfunctionality, humoral immune response, adjuvanted recombinant zoster vaccine, vaccine efficacy, HERPES-ZOSTER, SUBUNIT VACCINE, ANTIVIRAL PROPHYLAXIS, MEDIATED-IMMUNITY, VIRUS, ACYCLOVIR, EFFICACY


PLAIN LANGUAGE SUMMARY What is the context? After haematopoletic stem cell transplantation, patlents have impaired immunity from conditioning chemotherapy regimens, often exacerbated by underlying diseases, putting them at high risk of developing herpes zoster. In this population, antiviral prophylaxis is the current standard of care to reduce herpes zoster risk. Vaccination provides an additional means to prevent herpes zoster. Live-attenuated vaccines are generally contraindicated in immuonocompromised patients. A non-live, adjuvanted recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV, Shingrix, GSK), has been approved for use in adults 250 years of age in the European Union, United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and China. This vaccine is highly efficacious at preventing herpes zoster in adults over 50 years of age, as demonstrated in large, placebo-controlled randomised trials. Importantly, Shingrix use is not contraindicated in immunocompromised conditions, and was found to be highly efficacious in adults who had recently undergone autologous haematopoleticstem cell transplant. What is new? In autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients in whom Shingrix has demonstrated efficacy, two doseselicited high and persistent immune responses. Date presented here further support our understanding of the impact of specific factors such as age or underlying diseases on the vaccine's effect in the population studies, as well as the characteristics of the elicited cell-mediated immune responses. What is the impact? These results indicate that Shingrix, given shortly after haematopoletic stem cell transplant, can induce robust immune responses and reduce the risk of herpes zoster, even in individuals with immunosuppression due to underlying disease and/or use of immunosuppressive therapies, regardless of age or underlying disease.