Shingles (Herpes Zoster)



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Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by the varicella zoster virus—the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus stays inactive in the body for life and can reactivate years, or even decades later, causing shingles.

In the US, shingles strikes nearly one million people each year, and roughly half of them are age 60 years and older. One in three adults will get shingles in their lifetime and anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk of shingles. Shingles is associated with normal aging and anything that weakens the immune system such as certain medications, cancers, or infections, but it can also occur in healthy children and younger persons. Shingles is not passed from person to person.

Learn more about shingles and the vaccine to prevent it in adults at adultvaccination.org.
 



 
Is the shingles vaccine right for you? Take the Quiz
 
Is the shingles vaccine right for you? Take the Quiz

Resources

CDC Shingles Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health Topics--Shingles

National Library of Medicine

Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Information

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

Herpes Zoster Vaccination for Health Care Professionals

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Is the Shingles Vaccine Right for You?

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Public Service Announcement

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Shingles Information

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Learning Center

AARP

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Vaccination

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Shingles Myths and Facts for Consumers

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Shingles Public Service Announcement (2012) - 30 Seconds

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Shingles Q&A: What You Should Know

Children's Hospitals of Philadelphia (CHOP) Vaccine Education Center

Shingles Q&A: What You Should Know [Spanish Version]

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Vaccine Education Center

The Pain of Shingles

Joan’s Story

Vaccine Information: Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

National Network for Immunization Information

Zostavax® Prescribing Information

Merck & Co., Inc.