Shingles, also called zoster or herpes zoster virus, is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles later in life, because the chickenpox virus can hide in a resting state in the body. If the immune system weakens because of aging, stress, disease, medications or other conditions, the virus may reawaken, causing shingles.
Shingles usually starts with a painful localized skin rash, often with blisters. Before the rash develops, there is often pain, itching, or tingling in the area where the rash will develop. This may happen anywhere from 1 to 5 days before the rash appears.
The national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends a single dose of the shingles (Herpes Zoster) vaccine for adults 60 years or older to prevent shingles.
Shingles Information from the CDC
Disease and vaccine Information.
Shingles Vaccine Information Statement
Who should get the vaccine, when to get it, and possible risks and reactions.
View personal stories of someone affected by Shingles at ShotbyShot.org.