Shingles is caused by 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
Did you know...
If you ever had the chickenpox virus, you are at risk for shingles. About 98% of US adults have had chickenpox and are at risk for shingles.
Why vaccinate adults against shingles?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) Public Service Announcement
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Vaccine Education Center
Children's Hospitals of Philadelphia (CHOP) Vaccine Education Center
National Network for Immunization Information (NNII)
Merck & Co., Inc.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
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