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Shingles is a disease caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus. It usually occurs in adults and seniors who have already had chickenpox. Vaccination against shingles is the best protection against this disease.

Signs and symptoms

  • Painful skin rash on one side of the body along the path of a nerve, lasting 2 to 3 weeks
  • Skin rash and tiny blisters that break and form a crust in the painful area

Possible complications

  • Scars
  • Infected blisters
  • Pain for several months along the path of the affected nerve (nevralgia)
  • Impaired vision if the shingles affect the face
  • Infection over the whole body
  • Death

Available vaccine

Last update: November 20, 2019


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