Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

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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.

Get the new shingles vaccine if you are 50 or older. More
Signs & Symptoms

rash on front and back of the body.

  • 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
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Upset stomach
Shingles Vaccination

Shingles vaccine.

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