Almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will develop shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, in their lifetime. There are an estimated 1 million cases of shingles each year in this country. Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may develop shingles; even children can get shingles. However, the risk of shingles increases as you get older.
Did You Know?
Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body. For reasons that are not fully known, the virus can reactivate years later, causing shingles.
Signs & Symptoms
- Pain, itching, or tingling of the skin followed by a painful rash of blister-like sores, usually on one side of the body, often on the face or torso
- Upset stomach
CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older receive Shingrix®, the new shingles vaccine. Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and the complications caused by the disease.
- Page last reviewed: October 17, 2017
- Page last updated: January 30, 2018
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