herpes zoster


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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 Shingles, also called zoster or herpes zoster, is a viral infection that affects the nerves. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017 The Food and Drug Administration had been expected to let GSK know on Friday, after an FDA advisory panel unanimously recommended approval last month for Shingrix in older patients to prevent the herpes zoster (shingles) virus. Linda Loyd, Philly.com, "New GlaxoSmithKline shingles vaccine awaits FDA approval," 20 Oct. 2017 About one out of every three people in the U.S. contacts this dangerous viral infection, also called herpes zoster. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everyone Over the Age of 50 Needs the New Shingles Vaccine, Experts Say," 26 Oct. 2017 Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a painful, itchy rash that develops on one side of the body and can last for two to four weeks. Susan Scutti, CNN, "CDC recommends new shingles vaccine to replace older one," 25 Oct. 2017 Anyone who has had chickenpox is vulnerable to getting it — the herpes zoster virus causes both shingles and chickenpox. Maggie Fox, NBC News, "Experts Recommend Booster Dose of Mumps Vaccine in Outbreaks," 25 Oct. 2017

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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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