herpes zoster


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Recent Examples on the Web Giardina pointed to the shingles, or herpes zoster, virus as an example of why optometrists are well suited to give vaccines. Rachel Bluth, NBC News, "When coronavirus vaccines are ready, dentists, optometrists may give shots," 30 Nov. 2020 For instance, the varicella-zoster virus can cause chickenpox in children, go dormant and then reactivate as herpes zoster, or shingles, which causes painful rashes in adults. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This survivor may have had Covid-19 twice," 5 Oct. 2020 Perhaps the best example of this is chickenpox, which although seemingly eradicated by the immune system can reactivate and cause herpes zoster decades later. William Petri, The Conversation, "Does coronavirus linger in the body? What we know about how viruses in general hang on in the brain and testicles," 31 July 2020 Even among vaccinated children, the authors point out that herpes zoster has frequently been due to acquiring the virus from another infected person, not the vaccine. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Chickenpox vaccine reactivates in two boys, causing rare meningitis," 27 Nov. 2019 But in very rare cases, the live, weakened virus used in the vaccine can reactivate as herpes zoster, or shingles, similar to what can happen to people who have been infected with chickenpox. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Chickenpox vaccine reactivates in two boys, causing rare meningitis," 27 Nov. 2019 Formally called herpes zoster, the disease infects about a third of people who have had chickenpox, usually showing up in older adulthood, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tara Haelle, Scientific American, "Two-for-One: Chickenpox Vaccine Lowers Shingles Risk in Children," 11 June 2019 The varicella zoster vaccine, marketed under the name Zostavax, has been shown to lower the risk of developing herpes zoster (also known as shingles) by more than half. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 out of every 3 people in the United States will get shingles (also called herpes zoster) in their lifetime. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shingrix® – A new, more effective Shingles vaccine available at Froedtert & MCW pharmacies," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of herpes zoster

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for herpes zoster

New Latin, literally, girdle herpes

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“Herpes zoster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herpes%20zoster. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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