The varicella zoster virus causes chicken pox.
When chicken pox becomes reactivated, people get shingles or herpes zoster. A painful rash that can last for several weeks, shingles can be prevented with Zostavax, the shingles vaccine. Licensed in 2006, it has been recommended that all seniors who are at least 60 years old get the shingles vaccine.
For more information:
- Ask the Experts about Shingles Vaccines
- Shingles Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
- Shingles VIS
- Shingles ACIP Vaccine Recommendations
- Pinkbook – Varicella
- FDA – Zostavax (package insert)
- A Look at Each Vaccine : Shingles
- History of the Shingles Vaccines